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« on: January 28, 2013, 09:36:46 PM »
The Persian rug had lain undisturbed for decades in the chancellor's office until journalists from the news magazine Der Spiegel uncovered its origins.

Spiegel estimates that the rug could be one of an estimated 600 pieces of furniture and art work plundered during the war still lying in German government buildings.

During the Second World War Nazi Germany launched one of the biggest campaigns of looting ever seen in history. Museums and stately homes, especially those in Eastern Europe, were systematically stripped clean, while the valuable possessions of Holocaust victims also made their way to the private collections of leading Nazis.

Goering was an enthusiastic recipient of stolen booty, and amassed a huge collection of paintings, tapestries and jewellery during the course of the war.

Although Spiegel reported that the Goering rug will soon be removed from Mrs Merkel's office, just how it got there remains unclear, and the news of its presence comes as an unwanted embarrassment to the chancellor and the German government.

Meanwhile, in Mali, the French continue to search for someone to surrender to.

Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don’t know what your rights are, or who the person is you’re talking to. Then, on the way out, slam the door.