- Sep 1, 2008
Yup...Horst Köhler mentioned that the intervention of German military abroad was beneficial to German economic interests. IOW, naked colonisation is just fine, no matter how brutal. He now calls the comments "misplaced"...but he didn't retract them upon resignation. He also regards any criticism, no matter how valid, disrespect for the office of Bundespräsident...like he was above the law or something.
German president resigns over misplaced comment
Published: 01 June 2010
German President Horst Köhler unexpectedly resigned on 31 May due to a storm over comments he made about military action abroad, in a move that could give conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel a headache. ...
Köhler, in office since 2004, said in a radio interview just over a week ago that foreign military action by the German army also served economic interests.
A country like Germany with a heavy reliance on foreign trade, Köhler said, must know that "in emergencies military intervention is necessary to uphold our interests, like for example free-trade routes, for example to prevent regional instabilities which could have a negative impact on our chances in terms of trade, jobs and income".
Köhler said he was unhappy about the reaction to it.
"The criticism has gone so far as to suggest I supported deployments by the army which are not covered by the constitution. This criticism is completely unjustified," he said. "It shows a lack a respect for my office."
The row and his resignation underscores the sensitivity of military issues in Germany even 65 years after the end of World War Two and Nazi rule. ...