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'Mafia boss Merkel' book makes waves

The Local · 24 Aug 2012, 11:28

Published: 24 Aug 2012 11:28 GMT+02:00

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Gertrud Höhler called her book “The Godmother,” and made it absolutely clear she was not referring to the kind which waves a wand and grants wishes.

Launching the book in Berlin on Thursday, Höhler attacked Merkel for reducing the role of parliament, in particular in her management of the euro crisis and the move away from nuclear power.

“We have more and more state power and less and less parliamentary power,” she said of Merkel’s government. The circumvention of parliament was breaking laws, she alleged, arguing that Merkel was restricting freedoms by saying there was no alternative to the euro rescue.

Though Höhler claimed that her book's title was not meant to demonise Merkel, she said that one of the features of organized crime was its “seeping interference in the legality of a community.”

"Some cross-party decisions are increasingly adopting totalitarian features, and there are increasingly stricter measures against dissenting opinions in parliament," she wrote.

Merkel was not a woman with a vision, said Höhler, rather, she had “a coolness, a neutrality of values, a lack of passion, which was foreign to many westerners.”

Höhler insists she has no personal feud with the chancellor, though she is firmly rooted in the Christian Democratic Union's western German tradition, and was an advisor to Kohl, who Merkel replaced as party leader.

She said she did not want to create a legend around Merkel’s East German background, but also pointed out that Merkel “never says too much” about her life back then.

Yet Der Spiegel magazine suggested on Friday that Höhler was trying to pull together dissatisfaction with Merkel within the CDU, ahead of the next election.

She accused older men in the party of making fists in their pockets, but leaving them there as the “alpha wolf in sheep’s clothing from the gloomy eastern background” got rid of Kohl to clear a path for her own career, the magazine said.

“System M establishes a quiet variant of authoritarian power expansion, the like of which Germany has not yet known,” she writes in the book.

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And she indirectly called for a mutiny against Merkel from within the party. She dedicated the book to “All those who still have their fists in their pockets,” the Berliner Zeitung newspaper said.

"Take the fists out of the pockets, and you will develop a justified wrath,” she told them.

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13:46 August 24, 2012 by Navigator_B
Before Gertrud Höhler makes Mafia comparisons she should remember that her previous boss Helmut Kohl had to quit because of his involvement in illegal donations to his organisation. The donors included the arms dealer Karlheinz Schreiber who was involved in an arms deal that Kohl's government had approved.

The person responsible for Helmut Kohl's downfall was Kohl himself, and not Merkel as Höhler suggests.

When Kohl was asked to reveal what he knew, his reaction was to keep his "word of honour" to the illegal donors not to disclose their names, just like the Mafia's vow of silence, the Omerta.
17:48 August 24, 2012 by DavidtheNorseman
But she's not bitter....LOL

Kohl put Merkel in power and we all remember him doing it...."alpha wolf in sheep's clothing..." LOL part deux

Though Navigator_B might be on to something, "Küss die Hand, gnädige Frau." :

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