Germany’s deaf community seeks right sign for chancellor candidates

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For former US president Donald Trump, it was a waving hair roll; for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it was initially the downward-pointing corners of her mouth: Appearance plays a decisive role in how deaf people decide to name politicians in sign language. As federal elections in September 2021 grow nearer, Germany’s deaf community is currently trying to find the appropriate gestures for the three candidates aiming to replace Merkel as chancellor. Take Annalena Baerbock, the candidate for the Greens, for example: Should it be a plodding bear and horns, in reference to the meaning of her las…

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