In the words of the inimitable Homer Simpson, “you don’t win friends with salad.” Apparently, that old adage even applies to the German government. According to the Telegraph, members of German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat party have been on the offensive recently, going after environment minister Barbara Hendricks and her Social Democrat party after Hendricks decided to ax meat from all official government functions, citing the environmental benefits of a vegetarian diet.
“I’m not having this Veggie Day through the back door,” said Christian Schmidt, the German food minister and a member of the Christian Democrats, accusing the Social Democrats of trying to impose their will on the German people. “I believe in diversity and freedom of choice, not nanny-statism and ideology... Meat and fish are also part of a balanced diet.”
Though offering up a meat-free menu might not sounds like the most controversial topic, tempers are reportedly not just flaring because of a lack of protein: With German elections a month away, the Social Democrats have been surging in the polls, potentially foreshadowing a win that could upend the government’s current leadership. Apparently, Christian Democrats have decided meat eaters are a voting block the party is happy to appeal to.