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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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