World Bulletin / News Desk
Germany president rejects criticism on dictating Europe on Friday saying they had nothing to fear from Berlin's dominant role in the continent and said closer integration would lead to a more European Germany rather than a Europe forced into Germany's image.
In a keynote speech billed as setting out his vision for the continent, Joachim Gauck, a former Lutheran pastor and human rights activist from the former Communist East, urged people to look beyond the euro zone crisis and political upheavals and to view Europe as a union of shared values.
"It worries me when the role of Germany in Europe apparently causes scepticism and suspicion in some countries... I was shocked at how quickly perceptions could become warped, as if today's Germany stood in a long tradition of German power politics," Gauck said.
"But I assure all citizens in neighbouring countries, I see nobody among the German political class who wants to push a German diktat... From my own deep conviction I can say: more Europe does not mean in Germany a German Europe. Rather it means for us a European Germany."
The president in Germany wields little political power but has symbolic moral influence.Last Mod: 22 Şubat 2013, 13:46