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Gerhard Schroeder is a sore loser.

Outgoing German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has aimed a broadside at US President George W. Bush, saying Hurricane Katrina showed what happened when a state neglected its duty.

Schroeder made his comments in a speech to a trade union in Hanover on Wednesday in which he warned of the dangers of eroding the welfare functions of the state.

“I can think of a recent disaster that shows what happens when a country neglects its duties of state towards its people,” said Schroeder, who will soon cede his post to conservative rival Angela Merkel.

“My post as chancellor, which I still hold, does not allow me to name that country but you all know that I am talking about America,” Schroeder said to laughter and applause.


Gerhard, it’s time for you to go.

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