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Today, Joschka Fischer's successor as German foreign minister, Frank Walter Steinmeier, pays his inaugural visit to the U.S. Judging from the media reports, stating that the visit was "overshadowed" by the CIA-in-Europe-affair would be an understatement. From Der Spiegel:

Politicians from SPD and Greens still demand a clarification of facts from the USA: Steinmeier is expected to ask about this "forcefully and effectively", the SPD-faction's foreign policy spokesman Gert Weisskirchen said. Weisskirchen is confident that Steinmeier will be able to get answers to his questions. "A wholehearted clarification of facts would be in the best interest of Condoleeza Rice", said the SPD-politician. Although the USA had a priviledged status in Germany, "this does not mean that they are not bound to international law or the German constitution."

Steinmeiers first mission is a delicate one...

by Saturday (geckes(at)gmx.net) on Tue Nov 29th, 2005 at 06:11:57 AM EST
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