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Merkel welcomes Bruni aid appeal to Bundestag

The Local · 24 Sep 2010, 10:30

Published: 24 Sep 2010 10:30 GMT+02:00

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Merkel invited Bruni-Sarkozy to Berlin in her role as a global ambassador for anti-AIDS efforts during a meeting with her and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on the sidelines on a UN poverty summit in New York this week.

Despite reticence by some deputies, the chancellor's spokesman Steffen Seibert late Thursday said Merkel backed Bruni-Sarkozy in her bid to address the budget committee of the Bundestag lower house.

"The chancellor thinks it is a good idea so Ms Bruni-Sarkozy can present important arguments" on behalf of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, Seibert said. But he added that the final decision remained with the budget committee.

Germany has said it plans to cut its contribution to the Global Fund while France has pledged to hike its share by 20 percent over three years and called for other countries to follow suit.

German deputies, however, were cool to the idea of a visit by Bruni-Sarkozy.

"We have not received any request," the head of the budget committee, Petra Merkel of the opposition Social Democrats, told news agency AFP.

"If I received one, I would examine whether it was serious or not" and then advise the committee, she said.

"We had a similar case with the (U2) singer Bono, who wanted to speak to the committee a few years ago but we refused because it did not comply with our rules," she said, referring to a decision made in 2008.

Another member of the committee, Norbert Barthle of Merkel's Christian Democrats, said an audience with Bruni-Sarkozy would be "highly unusual."

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"It would violate our rules," he told AFP. "On the committee, in principle we do not invite representatives of special interests. If we open the door to that, we would have to receive every representative of a social welfare and economic association or lobbyists."


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11:45 September 24, 2010 by auniquecorn
I think Merkel and Sarkozy make a cute couple.
17:35 September 24, 2010 by DinhoPilot

First! Than I take Bruni
04:10 September 25, 2010 by DrGideonPolya
In addition to a moral obligation to help their fellow passengers on Spaceship Earth (Scandinavian countries offer 0.7% of GDP), German, New Vichy France, Apartheid Australia and indeed all countries involved in the ongoing Afghan Genocide (post-invasion violent and non-violent excess deaths 4.5 million, 3-4 million refugees) have a legal obligation to provide their violently-occupied Afghan Subjects with the life-sustaining food and medicine required of every Occupier "to the fullest extent of the means available to it" (see Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War).

Yet annual per capita total health expenditure permitted in Occupied Afghanistan by the US Alliance Occupiers is a mere US$29 (WHO), annual under-5 infant deaths are 311,000 (UNICEF) and annual avoidable deaths from deprivation in Occupied Afghanistan total about 440,000.

Of course violation of the Geneva Convention is a war crime and Bruni's husband Nicolas Sarkozy, together with George Bush, Tony Blair, Barack Obama, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Stephen Harper, Angela Merkel, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, their ¦quot;we were just obeying orders¦quot; subordinates and their Mainstream media collaborators should all be arraigned before the International Criminal Court (ICC) .
08:01 September 25, 2010 by auniquecorn
Hey, Come on DrGideonpolya,

George Bush had nothing to do with that.
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