From mala!vms.huji.ac.il!RWERMAN Tue Sep 14 15:16:17 1993 X-Delivered: at request of kmcvay on oneb Return-Path:
Received: by oneb.almanac.bc.ca (/\=-/\ Smail188.8.131.52 #18.33) id ; Tue, 14 Sep 93 15:16 PDT Message-Id: Received: by mala.bc.ca (DECUS UUCP ///2.0/); Tue, 14 Sep 93 15:02:18 PST Received: from VMS.HUJI.AC.IL by MALINS.MALA.BC.CA (MX V3.3 VAX) with SMTP; Tue, 14 Sep 1993 15:01:50 PST Received: by HUJIVMS (HUyMail-V6l); Wed, 15 Sep 93 00:01:42 +0200 Date: Wed, 15 Sep 93 0:01 +0200 From: RWERMAN@vms.huji.ac.il To: Ken McVay Subject: IS-GERMANY-NATIONALISTIC-OR-JUST-XENOPHOBIC? Status: RO May be reproduced in hard copy only with credit to Reuters News Service. Tuesday 14-Sep-93 10:22 AM KOHL SAYS U.S. PRESS HAS TWISTED VIEW OF GERMANY BONN, (Reuter) - Some United States newspapers present their readers with a twisted picture of [GERMANY] that has nothing to do with reality, Chancellor Helmut Kohl has said in an interview. Kohl, asked by the Jewish weekly Allgemeine why reunited [GERMANY] had a fearful nationalist image around the world, said not everybody saw his country that way. ``Of course, if you only read certain American newspapers from the East Coast, you have a picture of [GERMANY] that has othing to do with reality in our country,'' he said. Allgemeine released the interview on Tuesday ahead of publication later this week. Asked why Jews around the world feared a resurgent German nationalism, Kohl said he could understand ``psychological burdens that do not make an objective judgement easy.'' But he said the facts showed a different story. ``It is absurd to speak of German nationalism in a country where the people hardly know their own national anthym,'' he argued. ``There is no country in the world in which the people deal with the symbols of their state in such a tortured way as here.'' The chancellor said some controversies, such as the charges of German arrogance that flew after the Bundesbank (central bank) precipitated a European monetary crisis by refusing to cut its relatively high interest rates, were artifical. ``That had nothing to do with German history, it was all about cold cash,'' he remarked. ``Some are also pleased to see the problems we have right now,'' he said, referring to the unexpected financial burdens presented by unification. ``Whoever says that [GERMANY] is a nationalistic country is totally twisting reality,'' he said.
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