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I'd rather wonder why we can't all have leaders who talk like this when they're in office, and not afterwards.

Anyway, it's good to know Gerhardt shares a good chunk of  the kind of thinking that is often expressed on ET, as in:

The Anglo-Saxon media thinks that one can and one must shape continental Europe in the image of the USA and the UK. It's a mistake.


by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Nov 4th, 2006 at 02:18:45 PM EST
If only half of his policies hadn't been following exactly that philosphy...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Nov 4th, 2006 at 02:31:13 PM EST
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Well, he's done more than most to distance Germany from the Anglo-Saxon world.

He did start as a third way-er, firendly with Blair, and ended up in a close embrace with France on a line very hostile to Bush's White House.

While I understand his calls for a strategic alliance with Russia, i must confess that I've never understood the way Chirac and him have gone about doing it.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Nov 4th, 2006 at 02:39:23 PM EST
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That was the politics, but philosophically he was  pro-big business (one of his nicknames was "Genosse der Bosse", or "the capitalists' comrade").

I remember when he said that Germany would not participate in the Iraq war. It was during his first re-election campaign, and he was in a televised debate with Eduard ("Clueless") Stoiber. The moderator posed the Iraq question to Edi first, who hemmed and hawed. By contrast, Schröder came out with a clear and unequivocal "Nein!", with no weasel room whatsoever.

And I've always wondered whether he meant to be so downright or if he just saw a chance to make points and add-libbed.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Sat Nov 4th, 2006 at 03:49:28 PM EST
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