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Merkel has no plans to start tweeting: spokesman

Kioskea on Thursday March 15, 2012 12:14:00 PM


German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pictured in February 2012, said Thursday she had no plans to start posting messages on Twitter despite a personal invitation by the head of the micro-blogging site at her office.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday she had no plans to start posting messages on Twitter despite a personal invitation by the head of the micro-blogging site at her office.

Merkel met with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey at her chancellery after he tweeted on the site that he would like to see her join leaders such as US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Twitter.

"Just landed in Berlin for a visit with Chancellor Angela Merkel. I've been wanting to meet her for a while: the world needs her on Twitter," Dorsey wrote.

Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert, ahead of his first 45-minute session fielding live questions from users of the site, said that Forbes magazine's most powerful woman in the world had no interest in using the site personally.

"It will remain the case that I as government spokesman will tweet about the chancellor's work," he wrote.

"And the chancellor has access to everything that's important on Twitter through me," he added.

Dorsey said Merkel was nevertheless full of questions for him.

"Great conversation about Twitter w Chancellor Angela Merkel. Loves SMS & has the mind of a scientist: forever curious," he tweeted.

Merkel, a trained physicist, is an avid sender of text messages from her mobile phone and has more than 114,000 fans of her Facebook page.

Seibert, for his part, received a deluge of questions on issues including the eurozone debt crisis, solar energy and what book is on his night table ("Oblomov" by Russian writer Ivan Goncharov).

But he seemed to have trouble keeping up with the brisk flow of queries.

Asked whether he would do another freewheeling "Twitterview" with the public, he said, "maybe if we collect the questions in advance".

© 2012 AFP

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