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WikiLeaks cable embarrasses Left leader

The Local · 19 Dec 2010, 13:58

Published: 19 Dec 2010 13:58 GMT+01:00

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According to news magazine Der Spiegel, Gysi told Murphy that The Left party's official policy on NATO – that it should be abolished and replaced by a new security alliance including Russia – was only a ruse to prevent a more dangerous policy – Germany's withdrawal from the alliance – from gaining ground in the party.

Gysi was reportedly in "a sociable and chatty mood" when he made the claim, saying that The Left's official policy was unrealistic anyway, as the dissolution of NATO would require the agreement of the US, France and Britain.

Moderates in The Left party now fear that Gysi's loose talk might lead party extremists to renew calls for Germany to leave NATO.

Gysi himself said he cannot remember what was said during his conversation with Murphy, but suggested there may have been translation difficulties, since "the conversation was in German."

But Gysi vehemently denied another accusation in the leaked cable: that he boasted he alone was responsible for The Left party's recent success in Germany. "That is definitely wrong," he said.

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Your comments about this article

17:30 December 19, 2010 by Harrytl
Wikileaks is the biggest medium and is unstoppable.
17:41 December 19, 2010 by wenddiver
Yawn, and what changed? Nothing.
18:12 December 19, 2010 by yhsanjay
The left is just there for namesake.They oppose to keep themselves afloat. They should make better careers and join the right wingers and end their frustration.
10:55 December 20, 2010 by mixxim
Wikileaks still has to reveal something we did not suspect.
14:50 December 20, 2010 by elboertjie
Perhaps Wikileaks will reveal next that Bank of America is illiquid and this might be the reason they have told their followers to be safe and get their money out of the bank.
15:05 December 25, 2010 by tallady
@elboertjie...........uugh,what ????? I think you are on the wrong page.
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