German Word of the Week: Tränenfilm-Bausteine
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Merkel's Gherkins!

Kevin Drum quotes some article:

....Merkel called at the weekend for the government partners to bury the hatchet over their disagreements after a week when relations reached such a low that members of her government had variously referred to each other as "wild pigs" and "gherkin troops" (rank amateurs).

'Gherkin troops'? Any idea what German phrase this is supposed to be a translation of?