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Swiss finance minister gets a case of the giggles

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 ...

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. 

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. 

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy  Twitter: @joshuakeating

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