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Guttenberg attacks former colleagues

The Local · 20 Nov 2011, 12:26

Published: 20 Nov 2011 12:26 GMT+01:00

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Speaking on Saturday at a security conference in Halifax, Canada, Guttenberg took aim at Germans in general and politicians in particular.

“It is not a euro crisis or a debt crisis. It is above all a crisis of understanding and a crisis of political leadership,” he said.

“The Germans have no idea how the European Union functions, how it came to this crisis and what it means. The politicians do not reach the public, they do not reach the people.”

Guttenberg was introduced to his audience with his latest title, “The honourable Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, distinguished statesman, Centre for Strategic and International Studies”. He now works for the Washington think-tank, having left Germany for the US in the wake of the plagiarism scandal.

He avoided journalists at the conference, and was for some difficult to recognise – his previous combination of gelled-back hair and glasses was replaced by a short haircut, no glasses and a fuller face.

After Guttenberg resigned in March, a certain section of Bavaria's conservative Christian Social Union, of which he had been considered a rising star, were keen to try to keep in Germany and revive his political career.

He lost his doctor title in the plagiarism scandal. A Bavarian court is yet to decide whether to try any of the many allegations of breach of copyright which were made against him.

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13:05 November 20, 2011 by septiSeverus
Wunderbar…… former Dr. Dr. Mr. cut and paste, attacks colleagues from a safe distance.
13:13 November 20, 2011 by pepsionice
An oddball article, which doesn't say much of anything. Guttenberg is correct in that most Germans really don't grasp the full impact of the EU, the Euro or the crisis.

The curious thing is that he did what everyone wanted....he went into exile....like a good man of royalty would do. And this bothers people when he speaks while in exile? Something doesn't make sense here.
14:21 November 20, 2011 by murka
"The politicians do not reach the public, they do not reach the people" - I agree, absolutely. Couple of days ago I received an invitation for BW direct vote regarding "Stuttgart 21" project. You are supposed to vote for or against the following:

"Kündigung der Vereinbarungen.

Die Landesregierung ist verpflichtet, Kündigungsrechte bei den vertraglichen Vereinbarungen mit finanziellen Verpflichtungen des Landes Baden-Württemberg für das Bahnprojekt Stuttgart 21 auszuüben."

... huh? So, is this "F..U." what Landesregierung is trying to say to me?
16:00 November 20, 2011 by The-ex-pat
Looks like he slipped into the American way of life very easily. I would say there is a good 15 kg more of him than when he left Germany..........
16:40 November 20, 2011 by FreiburgandCambridge
I didn't realise you could be an 'honourable' cheat.
16:57 November 20, 2011 by Landmine
US isn't the only place to get fat, Germans have been growing their girth at home on their own for the past 20 years....
17:51 November 20, 2011 by Sally Schiller
Germany lost one of their best politicians.
18:35 November 20, 2011 by Tomahawk
Advice from a cheat and a liar? How many more washed up, corrupt German political has-beens will the USA take? Rock throwing, young wife dumper Fischer and Military jet-set romancer Scharping I thought were too many.
19:37 November 20, 2011 by The-ex-pat
17:51 November 20, 2011 by Sally Schiller, Germany lost one of their best politicians.

A rather sad indictment if being a cheat and a liar made him one of the best...........
20:06 November 20, 2011 by Tomahawk
Right on The ex-pat!!

I am also an ex-pat for over 20 years and I would have not gotten the pass he got and I liked the guy before this came out. But one has to ask this:

1. Why didn't the guy fight?

2. Why isn't the government prosecuting?

3. Why doesn't he pay his salary and the expenses occurred back or the government ask for it back without a trial?

4. Will he get a German pension?

5. If you were thrown out of job in Germany, would you get a job worth $100,00.00's a year based in the USA?

6. Does the USA need more of these types?
20:26 November 20, 2011 by raandy
Tomahak, relax, isnt it 1,000,000.or 1 million?
20:41 November 20, 2011 by Tomahawk
Hey Raandy,

A blank check is a blanc cheque and he cashed in!
20:44 November 20, 2011 by raandy
For sure ,no problem there ,all is well, just wanted to get the numbers straight...
21:21 November 20, 2011 by Tomahawk
I have no idea what he is paid, but he has not come clean, stepped down and is rewarded. He is just example that a oath of office means nothing Today

Good luck to all
21:33 November 20, 2011 by hanskarl
Yawn................. It happens all of the time. Check the Copy, Shake, and Paste Blogspot. So, he moves his family to the US out of the German news glass bubble and political brinkmanship. Less stress, more liberty, a big paycheck and more time with the family equals a relaxed life and a few stones of weight.
03:53 November 21, 2011 by jmclewis
Pathetic Coward Shameless Looser living in a land full of them. Master of BS and working on a Doctorate! He is just a big boy in the body of a man, he has no honor, courage or commitment! He should run for US Political Office!
07:35 November 21, 2011 by ainofitz
Excellent observation. He could become a standout politician in the US if he can find some bankers or an insurance company to fund his work and control his actions.
11:04 November 21, 2011 by J-Dub
zu Guttenberg is living proof that you do not need a piece of paper to see that Germany's politicians only care about money and themselves. Everyday in this country, politicians think of ways to make themselves rich, while making us working class people poor. Politicians do not want to reach the people to hear our voices unless it has to do with money. I've said it before and I will say it again, that there is a reason why Germany has Europe's largest economy...the politicians rip off the general population through silly taxes on every thing they can find, up to dog poop. In many countries other than Germany, the population would be throwing stones at the Parliament over some of these silly taxes.
16:12 November 21, 2011 by luckylongshot
So he no longer needs to care about public opinion and he shows his true colours. A paid representative of the 1%.
17:47 November 21, 2011 by bugger
If the Canadians are smart, they will not let him enter the country again. As U.S. banks and law offices love European blue-bloods for their company letterheads, he will be in charge of something again soon. He will never go to bed hungry as he was born with a golden spoon in his mouth. Let the U.S. have the renegade liar and fraudster.
09:41 November 22, 2011 by ChrisRea
@ J-Dub

Politicians are like you said (they only care about money and themselves) in all countries. Or do you know of any exception?
20:57 November 22, 2011 by cannychanta
jmclewis is right. I´m glad there are more people who see through his smarmy claptrap. Nobody uses that kind of old-fashioned turn of phrase, not even aristocrats - it is all show. The sad thing is that the average Joe Bloggs on the street saw in him a chance to return to a byegone age of aristocratic leadership. They are waiting for a charasmatic leader to tell them which direction to go. I´m a Geordie and he is an avid ACDC fan. I suggest he talk for half an hour to Brian Johnson and I´m sure he´d be cured of trying to impress people with his oratorical skills.
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