Shhhhhh! German parties appeal to voters' aversion to noise
BERLIN (REUTERS) - "One in two Germans feels troubled by noise," Dr Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) state in their election manifesto. "We want to change this".
Germany already has some of the world's most stringent noise regulations and citizens only too eager to reprimand neighbours for loud children or taking out rubbish too early on a Sunday.
Chancellor Merkel's husband Joachim Sauer famously filed a complaint about an open-air theatre group performing opposite the couple's apartment in central Berlin back in 2001 for violating a 60-decibel noise limit by eight decibels.
In their programmes for the Sept 22 election and to an extent never seen before, political parties are outlining how they intend to make German skies and roads even quieter.