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Wulff counterattacks (while visiting Turkey). From the Süddeutsche
Zum Auftakt seines Türkei-Besuchs gab Wulff der großen türkischen Boulevardzeitung Hürriyet ein Interview. In dem Gespräch setzte Wulff ein erstes Zeichen - und zerstreute die Hoffnungen manch konservativer Unionspolitiker, ihr Parteifreund im höchsten Staatsamt würde zurückrudern. Wulff ruderte nicht zurück, sondern legte nach und widersprach in deutlichen Worten den Thesen von CSU-Chef Horst Seehofer über die mangelnde Integrationsfähigkeit von Türken.

"Ich wende mich gegen jedes Pauschalurteil", sagte Wulff der Hürriyet. "Zu behaupten, eine ganze Gruppe könne und wolle sich nicht integrieren, halte ich für falsch."

The FDP also attacks Seehofer
Noch deutlicher als Wulff wurde die Justizministerin Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger in ihrer Kritik an Seehofer. "Der CSU-Chef will hier offenbar auf der Sarrazin-Welle surfen", sagte die FDP-Politikerin der Passauer Neuen Presse. Der bayerische Ministerpräsident suche "nach einem Thema zur persönlichen Profilierung".
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 19th, 2010 at 04:10:45 AM EST
Could this end up with the CDU and CSU splitting?

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 19th, 2010 at 04:17:13 AM EST
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Any idea how many votes the CSU would get outside Bavaria if that happens?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 19th, 2010 at 04:21:25 AM EST
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The CSU would certainly have a chance to draw away the Sarrazin-loving members of the CDU; but what I wonder about is where the economic liberal conservatives would go -- I'm not sure that tax-cut populism would be enough for them to be confortasble with the CSU.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Oct 19th, 2010 at 11:41:09 AM EST
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Would be nice, but I haven't seen the Bavarians making that threat in the current brouhaha (though I may have missed it). Seehofer climbed back from making impossible conditions before.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Oct 19th, 2010 at 11:37:32 AM EST
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Translating president Wulff's key sentence against Bavarian PM Seehofer for those not speaking German:

"Ich wende mich gegen jedes Pauschalurteil", sagte Wulff der Hürriyet. "Zu behaupten, eine ganze Gruppe könne und wolle sich nicht integrieren, halte ich für falsch."I oppose every blanket judgement", Wulff told the Hürriyet. "I think the claim that a whole group cannot or doesn't want to integrate is wrong."

As for the FDP's federal justice minister, her outrage was more predictable (she is a last fossil of the FDP's onetime social liberal wing, and was Seehofer's coalition partner in Bavaria before going into the Merkel II government), she used the same image I did in the diary: Seehofer tries to surf on Sarrazin's waves.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Oct 19th, 2010 at 11:48:15 AM EST
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