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Wolfgang Schaeuble’s Staff Rate Him a Great Big Zero

  • 400 employees pose for picture forming human black zero
  • Schaeuble takes over as Bundestag president on Tuesday
German Finance Ministry employees form human 'black zero' to celebrate Wolfgang Schaueble's balanced federal budget. Source: German Finance Ministry

German Finance Ministry employees form human 'black zero' to celebrate Wolfgang Schaueble's balanced federal budget. Source: German Finance Ministry

Wolfgang Schaeuble, who’s departing the German Finance Ministry after eight years at the helm, got a parting gift that was surely music to the ears of a fiscal conservative like himself.

About 400 ministry employees dressed in black formed a large human zero to celebrate the signature achievement of his time in charge -- Germany’s balanced federal budget, which is referred to in the country as the black zero. Bild Zeitung, the nation’s largest-circulation newspaper, ran the picture on its front page as its photo of the day.