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Uhm, totally I wouldn't say, ask Herr Schäuble and Herr Koch...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jul 24th, 2008 at 03:00:45 AM EST
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I meant mostly centrism in regard to economics. Further more, Koch never claimed that he is a centrist, nor did the media transport it that way. In all (most?) media reports about the issue it was pointed out how he is shifting further rightwards. The results of this election show clearly that rightwing populism doesn't go unpunished in Germany.
by rz on Thu Jul 24th, 2008 at 06:29:58 AM EST
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I and Martin didn't claim Koch was centrist, either :-) Martin claimed that "even conservatives" in Germany are to the left of what counts for centrist in the USA, with which I can't agree totally.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jul 24th, 2008 at 06:36:08 AM EST
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Martin claimed that "even conservatives" in Germany are to the left of what counts for centrist in the USA,

I see it like this: When it comes to economics it is true, generally German politics is to the left of the US. But then there are some issues where it is definitely not true. For example I would say that Germans of all political persuasions have a rather restrictive few when it comes to immigration.

But all this is a little besides the point I tried to make. This is not about how German politics compares internationally, but how "centrism" is presented in the mainstream media. If some opinion is presented as "centrist" then it is most likely in the center of current pubic opinion. In the US media I have often the feeling this is not the case.

by rz on Thu Jul 24th, 2008 at 07:12:25 AM EST
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I have not said anything in this diary or in the comment section of this diary. You probably mean either rz or Detlef.

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Volker Pispers
by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Thu Jul 24th, 2008 at 09:31:27 AM EST
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D'oh! Of course I meant Detlef...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jul 24th, 2008 at 09:46:27 AM EST
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