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Guttenberg rules out return for 2013 election

The Local · 20 Jan 2012, 11:29

Published: 20 Jan 2012 11:29 GMT+01:00

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Talk of a Guttenberg return – something a certain section of his centre-right Christian Social Union (CSU) party has wanted since he was forced to resign last March – has been fuelled recently by party leader Horst Seehofer who promised he would all he could to make it happen.

Guttenberg asked to see Seehofer on Thursday and told him he was not going to come back yet, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday.

“It would not be the right moment,” wrote Guttenberg in a letter to the CSU. “And I have also to learn from my mistakes.”

He said he did not intend on making any public appearances in Germany, although he seemed to hint he would be back in politics at some point. “Yesterday it was about timing,” the letter said.

Seehofer said he respected Guttenberg’s decision, despite having argued strongly in favour of a return.

Guttenberg resigned his ministerial post and was stripped of his doctorate last spring after it emerged that he had plagiarised much of his thesis. He and his family moved to the United States where he took up an honorary position with a political think tank.

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He also published a book at the end of last year, and was appointed to be advisor to the European Union’s internet commissioner in December.

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12:18 January 20, 2012 by pepsionice
Before everyone jumps on this....he will be back by 2017, and likely be supported by thirty-five percent of the vote (my humble guess). As the next SPD guy wins, and they discover problems with his thesis....then everyone will accept the idea that no one can write a decent thesis and it'll all be back to square one.
14:41 January 20, 2012 by derExDeutsche
I'll keep it in mind, pepsionice. if that should be the case, I shall be very impressed with your prediction. no doubt, its amazing the difference a few years makes in the publics views. Especially in politics, where so much is smoke and mirror, and Policy is where the rubber meets the road.
14:42 January 20, 2012 by Krim
A population of 80 millions still cultivating a debate about return or not return of this guy. If he had a slight amount of self-respect he will not keep showing his face to the public or accepting this fake EU position. We live in a perverse world. Germany has many descent people and does not need to be governed by a fake.

My question is:

Why the media keep cultivating this debate?

If the CSU bring him back, they will pay a price.
16:00 January 20, 2012 by nemo999
Hopefully by 2017 he will have done something about his helmet hair.

Maybe he needs the time to get another PH.D., an who knows he might decide to cite the sources that he lift passages from (learn from his mistakes). Or maybe we all will have forgotten why he left office.

There have been reports of mass amnesia, granted they may not be very reliable but there are reports.
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