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Germany wants new era in Venezuela after Chavez

The Local · 6 Mar 2013, 12:56

Published: 06 Mar 2013 12:56 GMT+01:00

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Westerwelle said in a statement that he counted on Venezuela now entering "a new period after days of mourning" Chavez, who died Tuesday aged 58 after a long battle with cancer.

He said the country had "great potential, and democracy and freedom are the right way to achieve this potential" after the populist leftist firebrand's death.

"We feel sympathy for the pain of the deceased's family and the grief of the Venezuelan people," Westerwelle added.

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13:30 March 6, 2013 by DOZ
Anything that keeps the American Machine at bay is perfect. Time for Germany to get its head out of America's Butt and align with the New Russia.
14:51 March 6, 2013 by bwjijsdtd
USA USA USA USA USA ... Bye bye Hugo ... and now to the Castro brothers ... Hey DOZ ... I wonder where Germany would be now if the USA had not rebuilt it after the war? Go talk to your elders and see if they feel the same way you do ...
15:09 March 6, 2013 by chicagolive
The new Russia guess you must not have been to Russia lately many are afraid that it becomes the old Russia again.
15:53 March 6, 2013 by Ab15
Another popular freedom fighter is resting in peace.
16:52 March 6, 2013 by raandy
I spent some time in Venezuela just after Chavez was elected. He was loved by the poor, as they considered him not part of the old "good old boy club" that had most of the wealth.He did cut down on crime.He had the Guardia Nacional roaming the streets with 6 to 10 members, who took few into custody but never hesitated to shoot. Venezuela in many places is not safe to walk around , even during the day. Cities like Cumana, and Caracus unless you are accompanied by a local during the day and even then you need to be very careful. The watch on your arm is worth more than your life to many of the disenfranchised, and they are numerous. Chavez fired all the oil workers some 12,000 when they went on strike. The country never got its production back after. He was giving Cuba a 100,000 barrels of oil a day free.He used the nationalized oil company as his personel piggy bank. The people there remain poor for the most part, he did subsidize the food for the poor,however. They kept him in power as he gave them more than his predecessor. Corruption is large there, every business hires its own security as you can not trust the local police. I assumed he was going to rid the country of corruption but he was not able. He was disliked by the US, because he nationalized their oil production,and didn't go along with the US "let us help you then we own you plan" they may have produced a lot more oil before but none of the real money went back into the country. Now that the US produces much more oil, and the rate is increasing daily there will be little interest from the US in Venezuela's oil.
20:21 March 6, 2013 by schneebeck
This guy had a very big mouth. All hot air.

That is what makes him newsworthy?

"Oh yeah! He shot off his fat mouth with a lot of anti U.S. rhetoric. Now here is a person of distinction worthy of a news article!"

And his hand picked successor has accused the U.S. of infecting him with his cancer! Now here are some serious intellects! Regular heros.

Venezuela is trashed, what kind of leadership is that?
21:25 March 6, 2013 by melbournite
for god's sake, Chavez won far more of the popular vote and far more often than Westerwelle could dream. Chavez enfranchised the common Venezuelan in economic as well as democratic terms. What Westerwelle means is a return to a government and a media and an economy controlled by the rich who have not a single democratic bone in their body.
22:36 March 6, 2013 by Bulldawg82
@ melbournite:

Buying the poor's vote isn't a democracy either. A good middle ground needs to be ventured if Venezuela is going to recover from the Chavez debaucle. If the rich don't have a single democratic bone in them, then apparently the only democratic bone in the body of poor Venezuelans can be bought for cheap.
22:47 March 6, 2013 by wxman
He was loved by the poor alright. So much so that he doubled their ranks so that they would no longer be a minority. He also really stuck it to the foreign-owned capitalists by nationalizing their industries. He then redistributed all those ill-gotten gains to the poor in Venezuela! Oh wait, no he didn't. He put the $2 Billion in family owned accounts. Good riddance, you bastard. Bet you can really smell the brimstone now.
15:11 March 7, 2013 by mobaisch
Just from reading the title of the article: How is it your business again?
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