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Dank dieser Gerüchte dürfte Marco Reus zum ersten Mal in seiner Führerschein-Affäre schmunzeln müssen.

What does "dürfte ... schmunzeln müssen" mean? Is he allowed to smile, or must he smile, or what?

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"dürfte" is Konjunktiv II of "dürfen" and means as much as "most likely" in this context. The whole sentence therefore means that "he most likely has to smile".

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"Dürfte etwas müssen" can be translated to "probably had to do something"

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The "Gerüchte" are so funny/crazy that the author of the sentence expects Marco Reus to smile despicte the bad "Führerschein-Affäre".

It's like "most likely we can expect Marco Reus to smile".

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