the Comments of The former Federal President, Joachim Gauck, on an “expanded tolerance in the direction on the right” continue to talk (read more here on the background).

Gauck had said in the magazine “mirror”, tolerance, call for “anyone who is a hard conservative, to keep a danger for the democracy and of the democratic game prefer to squeeze out”. One should distinguish between law in the sense of conservative and right-wing extremist or right-wing.

The former Federal President got for his controversial call to criticism, but also the back cover (the star reported). Commentators are divided: Was that an exclamation point against or for the right? The Press Votes.

Old-German President Joachim Gauck on tolerance – the press comments on his controversial statements

“Nürnberger Nachrichten” : “We are talking about many decades in Germany is very good, the staff were to the right of the Union to only radicals and extremists. And also the only as splinter groups. The consensus in politics and the population was large. Today, this basic Compliance threatens to be lost. In some Federal States can be formed in the future, perhaps hardly even governments, because the moderate forces have lost their majority.”

Frankfurter Rundschau : “you are Too kind, the view appears to apply, the Gauck to the right. The demarcation, he demands at the same time with the force, fails. His definitions are either banal, washed-out or problematic. Conservative does not mean extreme right – given. Not everyone who is hard conservative, you should stand up as a democracy enemy – is in order. But where begins and where ends ‘severely conservative’? The CDU must also re-take for the ‘security and social conformity is more important than freedom, openness and plurality’, recommends Gauck. But if the longing for Clarity, the will to uniformity, are democratic rights and values can quickly be in danger. Boundaries, so much is clear, is also dodgy for a word-powerful Ex-President.”

However, the Signal that sends Gauck is strange to say the least

“Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger” : “Gauck’s call for a ‘extended tolerance in the direction of the law’ may be thought of as an attempt to sever Links between the extreme Right and Conservatives, who no longer felt represented in the political spectrum. It is the Effort of AfD would be to withdraw a piece of ground. However, the Signal that sends Gauck is strange to say the least. You are too kind to be looking to the right appears. The demarcation, the Gauck demanded at the same time with Verve, fails. His definitions are either banal, washed-out or problematic.”

“Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” : “What is Christian Wulff was once Islam, the Joachim Gauck is now the AfD. Both presidents are right: The Islam is part of Germany, the AfD also. While Wulff left it in the evaluation, goes Gauck a step further: He criticized the vast majority of the freely elected German Parliament, because deputies refuse across party lines persistently to proclaim the AfD with a Deputy of the President of Parliament. But it’s not a former Federal President, to Express doubts as to the ‘political usefulness’ of this repeated vote of a large majority. On the contrary, With this exclamation mark against the Right of the members of Parliament in a stunning consequence to show attitude and not just go the easy way. Good.”

“Central German newspaper” (of Halle): “The CDU is driven with the middle of course for quite a while. The new party boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in the past few months, from time to time, to the right was blinking, has used the party for at least nothing. The Crumbling of the SPD has its origin in the competition by the left party. Now, there are in the right bearing a similar competition. In Saxony, the CDU is up to it.”

Joachim Gauck has meant it is certainly good. But …

“people’s voice” (of Magdeburg): “of Course, the former German Federal President, Joachim Gauck, is right. While anti-constitutional demands will be tolerated after nationalization, are in conformity with the Constitution rights views too quickly for extremism is suspected. As the CDU-politician-terminated, even at the beginning of the 90s for an Amendment to the asylum law argument, it could occur today, no one to be without as a right-wing populist excluded. Then, too, the political stock of hates himself. But the discourse was not finished with the extreme-club.”

“Passauer Neue Presse” : “Joachim Gauck has meant it is certainly good. But his call for an ‘advanced tolerance in the direction on the right’ would not those stiff Conservative to the benefit of, are still part of a broad democratic spectrum. Would benefit, on the contrary, those people’s fountain-poisoner, the goal of the AfD is to keep very wide open for a neo-Nazi, close to the electorate. The Ex-Federal President forgets that the dialogue with the ‘good’ Conservatives in or on the edge of the AfD of the entire party would issue a Persil ticket. This is also the reason why, so far, no parliamentary majority for a Bundestag Vice-presidents from the ranks of the AfD wanted to find.”

“Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung” : “The CDU must also re-take for the ‘security and social conformity is more important than freedom, openness and plurality’, recommends Gauck. If, however, the longing for Clarity, the will to uniformity, are democratic rights and values can quickly be in danger. Boundaries, so much is clear, is also dodgy for a word-powerful Ex-President. Of course, the Conservatives must have their voice in society. But the AfD remains a party with extreme Right-wing in their ranks.”

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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