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Interesting. And curious that such a thing didn't surface previously, given Gaucks position and role.

And I find it very weird that the Klarfelds haven't been attacked more for their supposed Stasi roles, given the utter hypocrisy involved, and compared to the uproar around Günter Grass, who really didn't do anything very bad, and who was like 17 at the time.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 03:53:00 PM EST
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LOL. It's a mass phenomenon, that's why.

In Gauck's position he inevitably had contacts to the Stasi. He claims he has clean hands and there is no proof for anything else. (There is no proof in Merkel's case either, btw. Ahem. She says it's not a "case") That's all there is. If he is lying, there is no evidence. I am pretty sure that Gauck is completely relaxed. Klarsfeld says she was naïve. She will get away with it too. Everyone who had dealing with East Germany had contact to the Stasi--although many will have been too naïve to know it. At least we can't prove it wasn't naivity...

Günter Grass is in a completely different position: there are few of his generation left, so it's not a mass phenomenon any more.

by Katrin on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 04:29:18 PM EST
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I hardly think Klarfeld would accept that excuse from former Nazis, that they were just naive and didn't really contemplate about what was happening...

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 05:27:18 PM EST
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No, she wouldn't. She expects acceptance of her excuse though. I've never heard a self-critical word from her. I think that sums her up.
by Katrin on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 05:37:51 PM EST
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What is the reasoning behind her nomination? It seems that every party has rallied behind a candidate who's somehow embarrassing for them.
by generic on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 07:35:06 PM EST
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"Reasoning" probably isn't the most accurate expression. ;-) They needed a candidate quickly, I assume.
by Katrin on Tue Mar 6th, 2012 at 02:48:49 PM EST
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