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Guttenberg says he's ready for comeback

The Local · 8 Jan 2012, 12:11

Published: 08 Jan 2012 12:11 GMT+01:00

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After his Christian Social Union (CSU) made several public overtures saying he would be welcome back, Guttenberg has agreed to meet party officials in Bavaria to discuss his participation in the 2013 general election, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Sunday.

The magazine said that support within the party for Guttenberg’s return was growing, and that Christian Meißner, a CSU official in Guttenberg’s home district, had asked him to attend a meeting within the next four to five weeks.

Guttenberg texted back that he would attend, the magazine said. The CSU is the Bavaria-based sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, another big political mover in the CSU, seems to have come around to a potential Guttenberg comeback – after Bavarian state premier and CSU leader Horst Seehofer said last month he would do everything he could to bring Guttenberg back into politics.

Friedrich had been angered last year by a book Guttenberg published, “Failed – at First” in which he defended his conduct. Friedrich told Der Spiegel in December that the book had caused “wounds that don’t heal quickly.”

Now Friedrich has said he wants to know quickly if Guttenberg will be a candidate for the 2013 parliamentary elections.

Guttenberg was disgraced and forced to resign last spring after it was revealed that he had plagiarised large parts of his doctoral thesis. He moved with his family to the United States, where he said he was going to spend some time away from politics.

He paid €20,000 to a charity, as suggested by prosecutors, in exchange for them dropping plagiarism charges against him.

But Guttenberg continued to make headlines, first taking on an honorary position at the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies where he was described as a “distinguished statesman”.

He soon launched a scathing attack on his former colleagues, telling a security conference in Canada in November that European leadership was failing to understand what was necessary to tackle the debt crisis. He said German politicians were not reaching the people and had no idea how the European Union worked.

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At the end of last year he was brought into European politics, appointed as advisor to the European Union’s internet commissioner.

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14:06 January 8, 2012 by raandy
distinguished statesman, not the same as Royalty, and Royalty doen'y fly in the USA. He is no longer Dr. Guttenberg and paid is 20K. Better a know liar and cheat than an unknown,sure why not.
14:34 January 8, 2012 by pepsionice
Someone is eventually going to come up with a dozen SPD guys and their thesis activity as well.....and point out they have problems. The Green's? Same issue with their smart elite folks. Why hasn't anyone done it yet? Just waiting until elections draw near, and then the sparks will fly. Guttenberg has had plenty of time to review the records of others....and he's learned a few lessons from this mess. If I were a master's degree graduate in the SPD.....I'd be a bit worried if my old thesis could pass the test twenty years later.
04:48 January 9, 2012 by vonSchwerin
I can understand taking some time off and then coming back, but this is little hasty. Let memories fade a bit. Do some good works for charity for a few years. Work for a better world as a common man before returning to high politics.
01:18 January 11, 2012 by BosonBothers
I think it is a shame that Guttenberg was caught cheating. In addition, I think it is a shame that he cheated. I would like to suggest that we stop comparing him to other cheaters, liars, equivocators, etc., as if doing so might make of K-T an honest man. This confuses children and casts in doubt the seriousness of even politicians. To help Guttenberg, we should let him live out his life in the private sector. This could make clear to him that public trust is a valuable thing and can be lost. Not for being caught cheating. But for cheating.
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