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    Dream of Becoming a President? German Newspaper Posts Tempting 'Job Opening'

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    German newspaper Schweriner Volkszeitung published a job opening for an appropriate candidate for the post of the German President. Although the job ad is just a joke, the requirements to the candidate seem very serious.

    The job ad lists the responsibilities of the future head of the state which he or she will be expected to carry out at "this challenging time for our country."

    The job position seems to be very hard and provides that the poor candidate will have to do it all: get along with the Russians and the Americans, fight radicals, resolve the migration crisis, preserve the unity of the European Union, and the most important thing: fully abandon his or her personal life! The job offer states that preference is given to female candidates.

    "As a new representative at this challenging time for our country, it will be your job to always accompany the emerging landmark changes with the right words. You should be able to comment on the recession of the European Union — which has given our Federal Republic a chance to become a central power in this world region — as well as its possible complete collapse. You should be able to maintain a dialogue with Russia and at the same time gain the full confidence of the US government. You should always communicate and radiate trust and confidence," the job offer read.

    As a reward for such hardships, the candidate is offered the Bellevue Palace in Berlin and the Villa Hammerschmidt in Bonn. Moreover, the candidate will have his own driver, car and household staff as well as annual compensation to the tune of 214,000 euros.

    Although the job ad is just a joke, it might urge us to reconsider our attitude towards politicians to answer to the frequently asked question: Is being president really that hard?


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