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    BERLIN (Sputnik) - Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has lost "a few points of her credibility" due to the recent row over her trip from Madrid via German rail giant Deutsche Bahn's train, German Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Franziska Giffey said on Monday.

    On Sunday, Thunberg angered the German rail operator after she seemingly complained about having to travel in a cramped train from an eco-conference in Madrid.

    A picture of her sitting on the floor surrounded by travel bags, which Greta published on Twitter, triggered a wave of criticism toward the rail operator.

    In return, Deutsche Bahn published a sarcastic tweet, thanking "dear Greta" for supporting rail workers in their fight against climate change, and mentioned that Greta had a first-class ticket.

    "Of course, this is not a good situation. I believe that each picture has its history. As I understand it, at first she did not have a place, but then she got it. However, she did not mention the second part of the story, probably, she knows why. Yes, to some extent, this was staged," Giffey said during a talk show organized by the Bild newspaper.

    When asked whether the situation may influence Thunberg's credibility, the minister said that proceeding from the current discussions, the activist had already lost "a few points."

    At the same time, she added that Thunberg was worthy of respect, as, despite her young age, she managed to promote her ideas.

    The incident with the rail operator came just days after Thunberg was admonished by US President Donald Trump on Twitter for not working on her "anger management problem." The president's tweet followed the activist's nomination as person of the year by the Time magazine.

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