• Germany's news in English

Luxury clinic tipped for Mubarak exit

The Local · 7 Feb 2011, 15:41

Published: 07 Feb 2011 15:41 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The website of news magazine Der Spiegel on Monday cited unnamed sources at the Max Grundig clinic in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg have said the private luxury facility is the first on the list of potential destinations for the 82-year-old leader.

The claim came in response to a weekend report in The New York Times that US representatives had secretly suggested Mubarak make a dignified exit on the pretext of taking medical leave in Germany, where he has been treated by doctors in the past.

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.

Officials at the high-end hospital near the tradition spa town of Baden-Baden refused to comment on the speculation, Der Spiegel reported.

The luxury clinic offers “first-class medical care” with the “comfort and service of a “top hotel,” the magazine reported. Patients have included former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and former Russian Economy Minister German Gref.

The German government reacted to cautiously to the speculation on Monday.

“There is neither official nor unofficial requests regarding such a stay,” Chancellor Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said in Berlin. “Therefore there is no reason for the government to concern itself with this hypothetical question.”

Seibert also said that Berlin continues to encourage the Egyptian leadership to facilitate a dialogue with the opposition, calling the developments over the weekend “just the first step,” but stopped short of calling for Mubarak to step down.

Story continues below…

“It’s not our role to demand resignations,” he said, adding that “it is clear the era of Mubarak is in its very last phase.”

The Local/ka

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

17:30 February 7, 2011 by DOZ
A Dictator fleeing to the Land of the Dictators. Who would have guessed.
19:07 February 7, 2011 by Zlik
He retains his Presidency even if in Germany.


without Mubarak formally losing his position.
22:26 February 7, 2011 by Jibzy
The only reason i can imagine why Germany would pick up a turd with their own hand is because of diplomatic pressure..from .. ? you know who supported this dictator ;)
00:50 February 8, 2011 by wood artist
If the price of democracy in Egypt is this inexpensive, then it's a bargain. Mubarak gets out of the way, yet retains his title? Sounds like a great plan to me. To a man like this, appearances are important, and this is truly not much different than the day when Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency in the US.

It if solves an immediate problem, and doesn't create significant new issues, let's do it. The alternatives seem much worse...for all involved.

09:02 February 8, 2011 by catjones
@Jibzy...yeah, all countries of the world are mere U.S. puppets.
10:23 February 8, 2011 by auniquecorn
I agree with you CJ, but you forgot to add,

(to include all future countries)
Today's headlines
These are Germany's top ten universities
The new library of Freiburg University. Photo: Jörgens.mi / Wikimedia Commons

These are the best universities in all of Germany - at least according to one ranking.

Introducing Swabians - 'the Scots of Germany'
Photo: DPA

These Southern Germans have quite a reputation in the rest of the country.

Woman sues dentist over job rejection for headscarf
Photo: DPA

A dentist in Stuttgart is being taken to court by a woman whom he rejected for a job as his assistant on the basis that she wears a Muslim headscarf.

Isis suspect charged with scouting Berlin attack sites
Photo: DPA

German federal prosecutors said Thursday they had brought charges against a 19-year-old Syrian man accused of having scouted targets in Berlin for a potential attack by the Isis terror group.

Berlin Holocaust memorial could not be built now: creator
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

The architect of the Berlin Holocaust memorial has said that, if he tried to build the monument again today, it would not be possible due to rising xenophobia and anti-Semitism in Germany and the United States.

'Liberal' Germany stopping Europe's 'slide into barbarism'
Ian Kershaw. Photo: DPA

Europe is not slipping into the same dark tunnel of hate and nationalism that it did in the 1930s - mainly thanks to Germany - one of the continent's leading historians has said.

Eurowings strike to hit 40,000 passengers
Travelers impacted by the strike on Thursday wait at Cologne Bonn airport. Photo: DPA.

The day-long strike by a Eurowings cabin crew union is expected to impact some 40,000 passengers on Thursday as hundreds of flights have been cancelled.

Deutsche Bank reports surprise quarter billion profit
Photo: DPA

Troubled German lender Deutsche Bank reported Thursday a surprise €256-million profit in the third quarter, compared with a loss of more than six billion in the same period last year.

US 'warned Merkel' against Chinese takeover of tech firm
Aixtron HQ. Photo: DPA

The German government withdrew its approval for a Chinese firm to purchase Aixtron, which makes semiconductor equipment, after the US secret services raised security concerns, a German media report said Wednesday.

Long-vanished German car brand joins electric race
Photo: DPA

Cars bearing the stamp of once-defunct manufacturer Borgward will once again roll off an assembly line in north Germany from 2018, the firm said Wednesday.

10 German clichés that foreigners get very wrong
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 ways German completely messes up your English
Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd