A Reporter Singing “Happy Birthday” To Angela Merkel Is Fist-Bitingly Awkward

At a press conference in Brussels, a reporter decided to congratulate the German chancellor on her 60th birthday. It was a very cringe moment.

1. Reporter: “Before I put my first question, I think I speak on behalf of all my colleagues here in Brussels, I would like to congratulate you warmly on your birthday.”

Merkel: puzzled expression.
Awkwardness rating: 4/10.

2. “We wish you all the best, good health and everything, for the future.”

Merkel: Weak, confused smile.
Awkwardness rating: 6/10

3. “And if you are brave enough to listen to a birthday song, I want to sing now.”

Merkel: A definite “What the hell is he doing” face.
Awkwardness rating” 9/10.


Merkel: Smiling politely, but silently screaming “MAKE IT STOP”.
Awkwardness rating: 10/10.

5. Just. Awful.

6. Here is the full excrutiating episode, if you can stand it.

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Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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