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Romney 'plans to visit Berlin this summer'

The Local · 6 Jul 2012, 10:38

Published: 06 Jul 2012 10:38 GMT+02:00

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Romney would plan to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel during his visit, which would be part of a European summer tour.

The US website Politico reported on Thursday that the idea was for Romney to differentiate himself from Obama on foreign policy and to present himself as a potential world leader. He plans to announce the tour at a speech in Reno, Nevada later this month, the site said.

However, should he turn up in Berlin, the comparisons are likely to be unfavourable. At least 200,000 people swarmed to the Victory Column in the centre of the city to cheer on Obama as he made a speech about future US foreign policy and global warming.

The speech was well-received in Germany, where dislike of President George W. Bush was widespread. A smiling Obama graced the front pages of the major newspapers, and buttons were produced with his photo, the date of the speech, July 24, 2008, and the slogan: “I can listen.”

Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit called the 30-minute speech “courageous,” and said it was “a sign that US politics are heading in a new direction.”

And although Romney’s economic proposals might be more in line with Merkel’s austerity demands for European countries, the chancellor has a good working relationship with Obama.

He awarded Merkel the presidential Medal of Freedom at a state dinner in the White House Rose Garden last year. The two leaders smiled broadly as they toasted each other. Merkel told the US president, “the next time you come to Germany, you can speak at any gate you want,” according to the New York Times.

Obama had wanted to speak in front of the Brandenburg Gate, a spot many Americans still associate with President Ronald Reagan’s famous speech in which he challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall!” But Obama’s campaign was refused permission for this, and chose the Victory Column instead – to huge acclaim.

Whether Romney tries to reproduce such a stunt remains open to question.

As former CEO of the organizing committee for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, he plans to visit London at the start of the summer Olympics and to make a speech on US foreign policy while in Britain, Politico reported.

His foreign policy tour would also include a stop with several meetings in Israel – a country Obama has not yet visited, and which would be symbolically important for many Jewish voters in the US.

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Romney’s campaign also reportedly plans a speech in Poland, a country where Obama was criticized for his decision in 2009 to scrap a missile defence shield for Eastern Europe planned by his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Some of Obama’s statements have also drawn fire in Warsaw. In May, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk demanded a stronger apology from Obama, who, during a ceremony honoring a Polish resistance fighter, referred to a “Polish death camp,” instead of “Nazi death camp.”

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13:19 July 6, 2012 by William Thirteen
him and several million other tourists. as long as they leave some cash behind they are welcome to sample the local delicacies...
13:22 July 6, 2012 by lucksi
Well, Fox News is going to need some creative camera work when they lie, erm, report that over 200k came to see Romney. Which will undoubtably happen.

And Romney will probably also gonna do one of these townhall meetings here until he realises that you can't prescreen the questions from the audience, like Bush found out and cancelled.
13:48 July 6, 2012 by William Thirteen
oh if he does appear in public - that'll be fun!
15:46 July 6, 2012 by IchBinKönig
What no Nobel this time, idiots? No Mtv Coverage? I guess you guys will miss it.
17:07 July 6, 2012 by Leo Strauss
`However, should he turn up in Berlin, the comparisons are likely to be unfavourable. At least 200,000 people swarmed to the Victory Column in the centre of the city to cheer on Obama as he made a speech about future US foreign policy and global warming.`

Too bad Mittens. Morons outnumber Mormons in Germany. :(
17:46 July 6, 2012 by yonnie
Keep Romney in Germany! He can outsource German jobs to the USA. Germany has lots of jobs they don't need, right? Germany has lots of companies that need to be stripped of excess cash and driven into bankruptcy! Keep Romney in Germany!
18:31 July 6, 2012 by Drewsky
Romney and the entire American Republican Party would not even make to a ballot for any European election. Their ideas are totally backward and fascist. They are perfectly happy with over 30 million Americans receiving no health care, destroying what's left of public education, buying elections and violating federal voting rights. This is just a short list; one could fill this entire newspaper with their outrages. The USA is the only western democracy with a significantly large enough proportion of ignorant people for Romney and his Party to exist. (Germany had it figured out by 1945...)
19:20 July 6, 2012 by Redfeather
Thank you for acknowledging USA Presidential Candidate Romney. I wanted to comment on some of your data.

Americans do have insurance for the poor, seniors and those working. Nobama wants all illegals in our country to also have coverage with Americans picking-up the tab. At current illegals are costing American taxpayers $434 billion per year and 40 cents on every dollar spent is borrowed.

I would believe that the 200K who showed up for Nobama are Muslims. He appears to be their bi-sexual favorite. You are correct, he can listen; however he does not have the capacity to correctly address issues or fix problems. We have a saying that a winner fixes things, and a looser blames others. Nobama is always blaming others.

The USA school system keeps teachers that are deficient in place. With all illegals entitled to get free education at taxpayer expense. America is not allowed to divide students based on intelligence because that would be discrimination; so they just lower the bar. These illegals come with aids and other illnesses, little to no education or skills. Nobama's 3rd male lover, prior to the last died of aids; so there is the link.

Violating federal voting rights is a complete untruth. We want those voting to show a picture ID that allows us to know they are a citizen of the USA. Nobama does not require them to be citizens to vote; else he'd loose the election.

Americans have tried to understand exactly why Germany would give Nobama a Nobel Peace Prize. Since that time, most believe the award holds little value. Nobama voters and/or his clan believe that homosexuals should marry and dispute with GOD that Sodom and Gomorrah is/was a civil rights issues. They are pagans that do not even recognize the Israelite seal of our forefathers.
19:34 July 6, 2012 by mayitoh
What European election are you talking about? You have already an European Parliament that is ruling right now all Europe undemocratically. No body elected none of these clown "bossos" there, and that is why the money from the German people, that worked so hard have been sent to the Spaniards... under this undemocratically European Parliament Angela Merkel already sent in your faces your German money pensions to Spain and Italy...... German need to get rid off Merkel, as already was Zapatero, Zarkozy and all these band of delude idiots communist, Bilderberg-group style dreamers of a "United States of Europe", that's never going to happen, it will be still a lot of blood for that first.... As the Americans, we have to get rid off our own delude idiot communist, your loved comrade Obama...... We American people work very hard, unfortunately we, as well like all of you here in Europe, we are trapped between a delude idiot communist (Barack Obama) and a delude idiot Zionist (Mitt Romney).
20:11 July 6, 2012 by PNWDev

Yes, no other news organization anywhere in the world tries to frame a story to influence its viewers. At least none of the ones you watch. Tunnel vision provides only a narrow view of the world.


Slow down next time you drink the juice. Maybe try a straw. Leftists in America are in the process of having your view of entitlement healthcare shoved down their throats and in the lefts attempt to combine the 99 and 1% into the new 50%, business confidence, and thus growth, are being destroyed.

It is a difficult concept for socialists to understand. When you reduce the reward and elevate the risk, incentive is lost and confidence erodes. As a result, companies do not draft expansion plans when opportunity costs and ROI cannot be reasonably calculated. Instead, these companies turn to efficiency within their existing business model by gutting expenditures, and yes, that includes payroll. And the cause and effect is what? Higher unemployment. And how do you on the far left spin this? You blame the companies for the bad economy because they won¦#39;t hire.

And when unemployment is high, tax revenue is decreased. And then your far left answer for reduced revenue? Yes, raise taxes and further reduce the reward while raising the risk. This is the circle of left-wing business progression.
21:36 July 6, 2012 by realist1961
It's interesting how German's love Obama, but vast majority don't want to bail out the Greeks, Spanish, etc. Obama would. He would love to give the intelligent and talented German's hard earn cash to those who spend more than they earn. German's don't seem to like foreigners. Obama loves them and wants the illegal ones to stay. German's seem to want immigrants to speak German. Obama wouldn't. That's discriminatory and attacks their heritage. German's have this thing about following the rules and obeying the laws. Obama won't prosecute people who violate the law. What Obama do the German's love? The image or the reality?

As far as the election, as Charles Krauthammer said, it will be difficult for the Republicans to win when the other side plays Santa Claus. I tell you what, let's trade. Germany can have Obama and the U.S will take Merkel along with ízil, Podolski and the other German football players who won't sing the national anthem. After two years and the World Cup, you'll be begging us to trade them back.
22:52 July 6, 2012 by Drewsky
PNWDev, Romney headed two outsourcing companies (Bain Capital being the most famous) that sent thousands American jobs to China. I've read estimates of over 40,000. If this is your idea of a 'job creator', then go ahead and vote for the guy. (Assuming you're an American. If not, you probably aren't even getting detailed info on what's going on right now in this campaign)
23:41 July 6, 2012 by IchBinKönig

Are you proposing that Democrat Politicians and their policy has been blame free for American jobs heading to China? Idiot, its called doing Business. Don't worry, your beloved Politicians love doing business and trade with other countries irregardless of local jobs.

ANd lets get right down to it. You don' give a rats ass about the USA. But here you are spouting off about this policy or that. All you are is a s#!t disturber. Now, go back to your MTV, I think they have an election message and some talking points for you there.
00:16 July 7, 2012 by Leo Strauss
Democrats vs Republics - Socialists vs Capitalists - liberals vs conservatives - red state vs blue state - Matthews vs Hannity - Obama vs Romney - bad sock puppet vs worse sock puppet

Kinder, it`s time to grow up- the USSA is a corporate/fascist/plutocracy. Calling others idiots or trying to put the blame on one `side` or the other within their fake paradigm is simply naive or worse.

Obama was the first Democratic presidential candidate to ever receive more money from Wall Street than his Republican opponent (McCain). Get it? He was and is Wall Street`s creature.

Romney is a Vulture Capitalist. On the Republican side Wall Street is just cutting out the middleman- Mittens is Wall Street.

What is there to choose from?


PS There is a great now book on Obama by Wayne Madsen, a real journalist. You can find it here:

01:55 July 7, 2012 by IchBinKönig
Oh yes, here come the Voice of Reason, Leo Stauss

Oh, its all broken anyways, right? Why even try, right Leo?? Just give up is your solution. So funny, that when Obama is exposed for being the fraud, the Libtards decide its all beyond repair. 'Out with the Constitution', no Leo?
02:14 July 7, 2012 by ProgandaLady
'Obama was the first Democratic presidential candidate to ever receive more money from Wall Street than his Republican opponent (McCain). Get it?

I would recommend anybody that believes this tripe do some research first..


Seems Wall St. has been a Dem favorite for a while. And I'm not just talking Corzine and the White House Team.
02:22 July 7, 2012 by Arich

I can't tell is you are really such an ignorant American right-winger, or just a troll pretending to be one.
08:06 July 7, 2012 by ChrisRea
@ mayitoh

"You have already an European Parliament that is ruling right now all Europe undemocratically. No body elected none of these clown "bossos" there"

If you do not agree with their decision, it does not mean that they were not democratically elected. It might come as a shock to you, but Europeans voted for the people representing them in the European Parliament. You learned something today, right?
10:02 July 7, 2012 by Englishted

Not all were elected,the 27 members of the Commission (informally known as commissioners are appointed and are powerful and not answerable.
10:30 July 7, 2012 by Leo Strauss

You should try listening. Listening doesn`t just mean waiting for your turn to talk. :) Was there anything in my post to suggest that I was a liberal or a conservative?

I am not a `Libtard`.

I reject the fake Left-Right paradigm. I read Webster Tarpley`s `Obama: The Post Modern Coup` back in 2008 and had no doubts about what this guy was and what he would do as President. Grabbed Jerome Corsi`s `Where`s the Birth Certificate` as soon as it came out, even though he `Swift Boated` John Kerry back when he was running against Bush Jr. (Kerry and Bush, two Skull and Bones boys running `against` each other- What are the odds, but I digress...) Tarpley from the Left, and Corsi from the Right. Just tryin to get full-spectrum info King, on a President that has never been vetted and for good reason.

On my last post I mentioned Wayne Madsen`s new book, The Manufacturing of a President, which delves into Obama`s past, especially his family history which is steeped in CIA spooks and bankers.

Again, does that make me a `Libtard`?

I am for the Constitution.

The system as the Founding Fathers laid it down is not broken but it has been co-opted and corrupted by the Kleptocrats and their minions.

Just give up?


Reinstate the Constitution and the RULE OF LAW. PROSECUTE the enemies of the Constitution and the Republic. Roll back all of the totalitarian legislation since 911. End the Wars. Close the overseas bases. Dissolve the security agencies. Reinstate Glass-Steagall. Ban lobbyists. Ban campaign contributions. Enforce the Logan Act. Abolish the Federal Reserve and Fiat money and... and...and...

When you can find someone on the `right` who is ready to get to work on saving the Republic, let me know.

Not tryin to get you goin King, just sayin that it is going to take a helluva lot more than a sock puppet switch to turn things around here. :)
18:42 July 7, 2012 by ChrisRea
@ Englishted

We might have a confusion in terms/notions here. The European Parliament is one thing and the European Commission is another one. The European Parliament, the one mentioned by mayitoh, is democratically elected (direct vote) and plays the legislative role (just as a regular Parliament). The European Commission has 27 members who are appointed (exactly like the members of most, if not all, European governments) and plays the executive role (just like a regular government).

If we talk about accountability of the commissioners, the European Parliament has the power at any time to force the resignation of the entire Commission (similar to the motion of no confidence used at national level). So the commissioners are of course answerable, but at the team level (not individually) - again, just as it is the case with most of the national ministers.

The European Union basically mirrors the democratic institutions of its Member States.
20:55 July 7, 2012 by Leo Strauss
Great article here today:

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