Rocket Science This Ain’t

Wow, I’m so thankful that somebody finally cleared this up for all of us.

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German far-right leader says Merkel’s refugee policy enabled his party’s rise.

Well I guess we’ll know more about this development later on today.

Washington Post: You were for decades a member of [Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union]. As far as you’re concerned, did you leave the CDU or did the CDU leave you?

Alexander Gauland: Angela Merkel changed the CDU from a party that had convictions to a party that’s an empty balloon. There’s nothing in it any longer. A lot of decisions of Angela Merkel — transitioning to renewable energy, refugees, changing of the military from conscription to volunteer — ran opposite to what we called in former times “the soul of the CDU.”

Washington Post: Do you find that Germany is more divided now than it has been in previous years?

Alexander Gauland: Yes. It is more divided now. Because in the beginning of the refugee crisis, all media and all politicians were for refugees. The people who didn’t like this very much didn’t find their opinion in the media. And they couldn’t discuss their fear about what was going on in Germany. And that did divide the German society into the people who want to help [refugees] and the other ones who said we have enough problems in this country.

Das Ende der Bundesrepublik

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One response

  1. All usual complaints about the WaPo aside, their interview is unreadable. I wonder if it was conducted in German and poorly translated or if Gauland tried to speak English and failed miserably.

    In both cases it is the job of the WaPo to clarify what was said and deliver a proper, readable text. They failed!

    The sentence could be a scandal, but I can’t really translate it back into proper German:
    What is National Socialist in Germany is [considered] out of order and you can’t discuss it correctly.

    Is he saying that the Nazis were misunderstood or is he saying that one cannot discuss history in Germany because it is solely abused as a political weapon to smear conservatives?

    The Washington Post sucks!

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