- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
A lot of this is probably lost on those of us who can’t speak German, but it’s still pretty fun to watch. Outgoing — and controversial — Swiss finance minister Hans-Rudolf Merz was speaking in parliament about regulations on the import of cured meats when, according to the Associated Press, he began "convulsing with laughter at the unintelligible bureaucratic language in his script."
I guess a guy can only discuss meat importation for so long before losing a grip on sanity.