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Germans want Wulff to show sharper teeth

The Local · 19 Jun 2011, 15:29

Published: 19 Jun 2011 15:29 GMT+02:00

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The survey, carried out by polling company Emnid for the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, gave Wulff a mixed report on his first year in office, which will end on June 30.

As many as 83 percent of Germans consider him a good ambassador for the country, and 95 percent think it is good that the president is a relatively young family man. Four out of five Germans also think Bettina Wulff makes a good "First Lady."

But 80 percent also want to see Wulff take a stronger position on important issues facing Germany today, such as the euro-crisis, nuclear power or the end of conscription. Around 70 percent also said they would like to see Bettina Wulff, a mother of two, speak about family issues.

Ironically, a majority of Germans also disapproved when he did speak his mind on a divisive issue. Some 59 percent said that Wulff should not have said, "Islam is part of Germany" earlier this year, while only 36 percent felt he should have spoken.

Wulff's reserve has been criticized in the media. The Rheinische Post newspaper called him the "president who disappeared," while Der Spiegel once headlined an article on Wulff with the phrase "The palace rests silently."

Some 71 percent of Germans consider the office of president as either "important" or "very important," even though its power is mainly ceremonial.

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16:12 June 19, 2011 by TheCrownPrince
Wulff is nearly as feeble and inept as Köhler has been. The federal president qua constitution "leads" only by his speeches and words, so he has to possess a quick mind, good rhetorical skills and the necessary courage to address important matters in german society or politics, and to push developments. Neither Köhler nor Wulff are able to to this; for them it is enough to be "popular" in the polls, and to look nice and harmless. They are lucky when they get through a day without having made a blunder. Where was Wulff in the Guttenberg affair, where was his voice in the nuclear-debate? The last good president Germany had was Roman Herzog, and the best certainly was von Weizsäcker. Today we have to cope with clowns in comparison to them. No statesmanship far and wide. That's the personnel of the republic for you. And just look at Merkel, Rösler and all the rest of the bunch... Oh Germany, why are you tested so harshly by fate again?
18:55 June 19, 2011 by MJMH
Germany needs a federal president that will stand up to the EU and to Greece and put Germany's interests and culture first and until that happens every German president will be worthless.
20:38 June 19, 2011 by Kayak
@TheCrownPrince; Spot on!

@ MJMH, it's the EU for European Union not for "European Untermensch"!

You daft count!

@ The Local; please don't confuse the locals with gags about the "First Lady" as per the USA. They're confused enough with the reasons for democracy as it is!

My view; keep the Wulff's wife out of it and let's hear more from the Prez. Himself!
10:07 June 20, 2011 by beatriceco
Since the office of the President is only ceremonial, the monarchy should be reinstated, and Georg Friedrich Ferdinand Prinz von Preußen, who is the current head of the House of Hohenzollern, should be made head of state. Simply ceremonial, much like in the Scandinavian countries, with no real authority. I have argued for this in the past, because it makes sense for Germany to reinstate a King as head of state, integrating modern democratic values. Plus, he would not be a politician, and would not be beholden to ridiculous political pandering, and could even be an important mediator amongst varying political parties. Her Majesty, Queen Elisabeth, whom Georg Friedrich is a cousin of, is a voice of moderation in the UK, and has helped provide guidance and insight that goes beyond politics. This is something that Germany could really use. This system has created political and national stability in Scandinavian countries, and works quite well. Germany is at a precipice in history, and with the leftist and the far right causing xenophobic problems, a democratic monarch would be a sigh of relief after a 93 year absence. As they used to say in the days of old, Hoch Der Kaiser!

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