As you may be aware, the US and Germany are as of this writing playing a World Cup match that will decide who advances to the next round of competition. You may not know that the countries' diplomats are fighting about it — on Twitter.
The German UN mission started it two days ago, taunting US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power about whether she knew the rules:
Power one-upped them, wagering some beers on a US victory. Germany took the bet:
So on the day of Thursday's game, and throughout it, the German delegation, the American delegation, and Ambassador Power have been jabbing each other:
This is all obviously great fun. It's also pretty impressive to see, in a month that also saw the 60th anniversary of D-Day and the 100th anniversary of the assassination that kicked off World War I, that nationalist rivalry between the US and Germany has been reduced to a few friendly jokes and a beer bet. Times have really changed.