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friendship not powerful in politics

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Submitted by myth (Germany), May 7, 2010 at 05:48

Ash, I would love to believe this was a way. Friendship is not very powerful in politics but hostility is very powerful in media. My recent personal observations are this: Even decades after WW2 the polish government, while being an EU memeber already, came up with the idea to have Germany pay reparation for war-victims. These days Greek papers publish some nazi-comparison headlines about Angela Merkel. And as for your own country you had similar headlines when the german football team introduced black shirts for the world-cup. These ideas seem to live forever. If I was a jew I would accept antisemtism as a given historical mindset that will never disappear. France and Germany have an official contract of friendship from 1963 which never really took off. That despite the fact that the two countries share a common history in the middle-ages. If one only could sit with the arabs and talk it over with a larger quantity of beer, but no, they are muslims.

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