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October 14, 2005



Der Tagesspiegel writes about US reactions to the new government. Here's a quote re the friend-foe thinking concerning a forein ministry run by a SPDler:

"Auffallend ist das Freund-Feind- Schema bei der außenpolitischen Analyse. Die Kommentare erwecken den Eindruck einer geringen Kenntnis deutscher Außenpolitik und ihres traditionell parteiübergreifenden Konsenses. Dass die SPD das Außenministerium besetzt, wird pauschal negativ bewertet: als Zeichen dass sich „Schröders Anti-Amerika- Kurs“ fortsetze;"

I think this friend-foe thinking stands very much in the way for better transatlantic relations (and many other issues).

Schroeder's comments, when he left office, are stupid and childish and have reinforced this friend-foe thing and will make Steinmeier's job more difficult.

"I do not want to name any catastrophes where you can see what happens if organised state action is absent. I could name countries, but the position I still hold forbids it, but everyone knows I mean America," he said to loud applause."


The impression I get is that he was chosen as someone who gets along well with others. Perhaps selecting someone with more outspoken views and a more definite record might have compromised the SPD's negotiating position on other coalition-building issues.

In any case, good thing its an SPD man. But I'm sorry to see Fischer go.

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