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Rumoured plan to bring Mubarak to Germany

The Local · 6 Feb 2011, 15:49

Published: 06 Feb 2011 15:49 GMT+01:00

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According to the paper, representatives of the US government suggested that 82-year-old Mubarak could come to Germany on the pretext of taking medical leave.

The point of this manoeuvre would be to bring the opposition to the negotiating table with the Egyptian government. If Mubarak were not in Egypt, a government led by Vice President Omar Suleiman could negotiate with the Egyptian opposition movement without Mubarak formally losing his position.

The German Foreign Ministry refused to comment on the story, other than to say, "The question does not arise."

Mubarak had a gall bladder operation in Heidelberg University hospital early last year, and was also treated for a slipped disc in Munich in 2004.

Members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government welcomed the idea, provided it facilitated an orderly transition of power in Egypt.

"I would welcome Mubarak's trip to Germany, if that would help to stabilize the situation in Egypt," said Elke Hoff, spokeswoman for the Free Democratic Party (FDP) – the party led by Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. She said this would not constitute granting Mubarak political asylum.

Andreas Schockenhoff, deputy leader of the parliamentary faction of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, said, "If Germany can do this to help make a constructive contribution within an international framework, then we should take Hosni Mubarak in, if he agrees. We need a peaceful transition in Egypt."

Speaking during a security conference in Munich, Merkel warned against deposing Mubarak too hastily. She drew a comparison between the current situation in Egypt and the reunification of Germany in 1990.

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"We couldn't wait a single day then either," she said, but it would be wrong to call "very quick elections to begin a process of democratization." She argued that important steps needed to be prepared carefully.

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17:31 February 6, 2011 by Berlinese
Well, this is what Berliners think of Mubarak!


On Saturday 5th February a demonstration was held to show solidarity with the demonstrators in Egypt campaigning to end Mubarak's regime.

There were great articulate speakers and a sens eof togetherness. Well done Berlin!
18:48 February 6, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Great, Mubarak is gone !

I just hope we're not going from a Halfshyt Sandwich to a Fullshyt Sandwich.

But, glad to hear Berlin is on board. Even on this Busy weekend. Whoohweeh, first the Squat Demo, now this?

I just wish we could tie this all into some Global Warming scheme, somehow.
18:49 February 6, 2011 by wood artist
On the other hand, if it meant progress in Egypt, perhaps the greater good means people can be a bit more accepting. That's a tough sell, I know, but at least the ultimate desired end is more reachable.

At this point it's just a rumor, apparently, so maybe someone is floating around ideas, quietly telling him there are "reasonable" options that could quell the anger.

Anything is better than a full-blown brawl.

14:00 February 7, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Do Germans find it Odd?

That Iranian protesters can march for weeks, get shot up in broad day light, by Govt. forces. Shot and killed! Not just injured, by fellow idiot civilans, al la Egypt.

(Not to mention, Iran financing the 'Terror' side of the 'War on Terror', they brew up weapons grade plutonium, hold Americans hostage, Make nice with every enemy America has, etc.)

And, by and large, 'Great Leader Obama' is mostly silent on Iran?

But when it comes to Egypt, he wants a transition of power 'now'.

hmm. Americans are just waiting for the President to declare 'Checkmate'. Only, he isn't saying it to our enemies, He is saying it to us.
15:21 February 7, 2011 by raandy
Could be that the 1.5 billion dollars the USA gives Egypt every year,fosters the remarks about the transition of power,, now.
15:48 February 9, 2011 by philosofer
They do look like a nice couple don't they? How nice these people hugs and kisses? Ange "the lover"? can't imagine that. there are words that they better stand alone, but when you put them together they become ridiculous...like for example..."democracy in the middle-east", democracy mideast, can't happenning!
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