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President to Merkel: explain euro crisis better

The Local · 8 Jul 2012, 14:00

Published: 08 Jul 2012 14:00 GMT+02:00

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“She has an obligation to describe in detail what it means, and what it means fiscally,” Gauck said in an interview with state broadcaster ZDF, to be aired Sunday night.

In the interview, details of which were released Saturday, Gauck also said he was happy that lawsuits had been filed in Germany against the permanent rescue fund, the ESM, and the European fiscal pact.

“The plaintiffs have every right to express their concerns,” he said. “I am happy that this path will be taken.”

The German Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe is expected to rule on the emergency petitions against the ESM and the fiscal pact on Tuesday.

The plaintiffs are seeking to prevent the president from signing laws approving both measures.

Gauck spoke in the interview of the difficulty politicians have in conveying what is needed to solve the euro crisis.

“Sometimes it is tedious to explain what is at issue,” he said. “And sometimes the energy is lacking to say very openly to the people what really happened. I can help with that.”

He said policies in general are sometimes not communicated well enough. At the same time, he praised the chancellor's work.

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“I could not do what she can, and what she is currently achieving,” he said.

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Your comments about this article

16:05 July 8, 2012 by jmclewis
Angie is managing this crisis she has zero idea of the way out of the dark. She will keep handing out money until her purse is empty. The German public will remain quiet due to WWII Guilt.
17:15 July 8, 2012 by MMTMike
To make a common European currency work one must be prepared to transfer wealth as needed among nations. Affluent countries like Germany will therefore need to support the less efficient (and less responsible) member nations in perpetuity. This is not a problem requiring resolution, it is a fact requiring acceptance.
17:25 July 8, 2012 by IchBinKönig
so ist es, Kinder. We want control over the rest of Europe, and you are going to pay for it.
18:51 July 8, 2012 by realist1961
The golden rule... whoever has the gold, makes the rules. Now sit down and shut up.
20:10 July 8, 2012 by Englishted
She should explain why the bankers who were one of the main causes of the world wide crisis are still free to walk the streets whereas if a "normal" person (not a politician ) had committed fraud and dishonesty on the scale these rouges did would be behind bars very quickly .
20:34 July 8, 2012 by IchBinKönig
@ Englishted

'She should explain why the bankers who were one of the main causes of the world wide crisis are still free to walk the streets'

Walking the Streets? Ha. Wake up, Englishted! She's sending them the bailout Money!

And your Liberal friends are cheering for even more and bigger Bank bailouts. Yes, Englishted, Money talks, BS walks.
05:19 July 9, 2012 by luckylongshot
Why is Merkel praiseworthy when she still has not made it clear whether she supports the German people ahead of the banksters?...Gauck is a little premature.
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