German Chancellor Angela Merkel today expressed her thanks to Greece for their ‘generous and thoughtful’ gift of a giant wooden horse.
‘We love it’ she enthused. ‘We’re not sure what to do with it, so we’re just going to keep it in our financial capital Frankfurt for now – it seems like the right thing to do.’
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said he was delighted that the gift had gone down so well, but refused to reveal what was inside the horse. ‘It’s a surprise’ he grinned, pointing at the sign on the side of it saying ‘do not open until 2015 (at least).’
‘This is a doubly happy day for us’ he added. ‘Not only has our gift been well received, but we’ve also discovered that actually we have no record of any debt at all! We must have imagined it…’