By Madeline Chambers
BERLIN (Reuters) - Bavaria's most glamorous politician -- a flame-haired motorcyclist who helped bring down state premier Edmund Stoiber -- has shocked the Catholic state in Germany by suggesting marriage should last just 7 years.
Gabriele Pauli, who poses on her web site in motorcycle leathers, is standing for the leadership of Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) -- sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) -- in a vote next week.
She told reporters at the launch of her campaign manifesto on Wednesday she wanted marriage to expire after seven years and accused the CSU, which promotes traditional family values, of nurturing ideals of marriage which are wide of the mark.
Hmm. Check out our Dish from September 20th. Evidently, there is no magic year number for when a marriage fails. But this seven-year itch idea has been around for a while. Any way, we’re not sure if this is a good idea or not. But it is thinking outside of the box. Would people have to drastically edit existing wedding vows or would they add ‘for the next seven years’ at the end? We’re not sure about you, but when this kooky, little red-head starts talking crazy something feels alive inside of us. We’re not sure what a seven-year contract would really accomplish outside of relieving both parties of some legal fees. Maybe it’s just to give both parties a goal to reach or something on the horizon. “This isn’t too bad. I can make it another couple years until we get to the seven. Her schnitzel isn’t the wurst I’ve had.” (A little German cuisine humor in there, see if you can find it).