German-Italian Spat German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder abandons a planned vacation in Italy after an Italian official refuses to apologize for calling Germans "hyper-nationalistic blondes" who invade Italian beaches. The move comes as diplomatic tensions between Italy and Germany increase. Last week, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi compared a German lawmaker to a Nazi prison guard. Hear NPR's Sylvia Poggioli.
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Schroeder Cancels Vacation as Tension with Italy Rises

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Schroeder Cancels Vacation as Tension with Italy Rises

Schroeder Cancels Vacation as Tension with Italy Rises

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German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder abandons a planned vacation in Italy after an Italian official refuses to apologize for calling Germans "hyper-nationalistic blondes" who invade Italian beaches. The move comes as diplomatic tensions between Italy and Germany increase. Last week, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi compared a German lawmaker to a Nazi prison guard. Hear NPR's Sylvia Poggioli.