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DocCathode
08-26-2016, 01:37 PM
A friend of mine is pretty fluent in German. But he can't recall what "Geschropfte" (with an umlaut over the o) means. I tried Google Translate. It couldn't telle me either.

The full text, from the cover of Der Spiegel, and accompanying a picture of people feeding money to a huge, bloated bird is

"Volle Kassen, geschropfte (umlaut over the o) Burger (umlaut over the u) STEUERN RUNTER!"

Danke for your help.

In a related note, my friend buys Der Spiegel at a local German market for about nine bucks an issue. I'm sure there must be a LEGAL yet cheaper way to obtain it. Oh, we're in the USA. Unfortunately, he's not great with computers or smart phones. But, still there must be a way.

Quartz
08-26-2016, 01:46 PM
In a related note, my friend buys Der Spiegel at a local German market for about nine bucks an issue. I'm sure there must be a LEGAL yet cheaper way to obtain it. Oh, we're in the USA. Unfortunately, he's not great with computers or smart phones. But, still there must be a way.

It's published online (http://www.spiegel.de).

hibernicus
08-26-2016, 03:36 PM
I don't know German well (though I learned it in school) but schröpfen here means "fleece", so it's saying "Citizens are Fleeced, TAXES DOWN!"

Mops
08-27-2016, 08:04 AM
This (http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/print/index-2016-34.html) is the page for last week's cover that the OP asked about.

Volle Kassen, geschröpfte Bürger - STEUERN RUNTER can be translated as 'Full treasuries, fleeced citizens - TAXES DOWN!', i.e. a call to use the current budget surplus (all public treasuries, federal/state/municipial plus statutory social insurance had a € 21 billion combinded surplus in the first two quarters of this year) to be used for lowering taxes.

The bloated eagle on the cover is (in a more svelte version) Germany's heraldic animal, and stands for the federal government or the federal state for purposes of caricature.
Schröpfen (transitive veb) refers to the premodern medical practice of cupping and its figurative meaning is in fact to fleece.

Der Spiegel has an online site http://www.spiegel.de/ but more and more content is behind a paywall.

A subscription to Der Spiegel worldwide (i.e. outside Europe) is 6.95 € (7.8 USD at today's rate of exchange) per issue by mail, and 3.90 € (4.4 USD) per issue as electronic paper (app or PDF) - https://abo.spiegel.de/de/c/international/weltweit

DocCathode
08-28-2016, 07:11 PM
Thanks everybody! Especially you Mops

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