Fischer says Britons holdoutdated views on Germany

20th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

20 October 2004 LONDON - The negative view of Germany and the Germans held by many Britons is harming relations between the two EU partners and NATO allies, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said Wednesday while on a visit to London.That image was more than three generations out of date, Fischer told the BBC.When young Germans saw their country portrayed in the British press and on television, they did not recognize it, he said."My children are 20 and 25 and when they watch Germany in some of the Br

20 October 2004  

LONDON - The negative view of Germany and the Germans held by many Britons is harming relations between the two EU partners and NATO allies, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said Wednesday while on a visit to London.

That image was more than three generations out of date, Fischer told the BBC.

When young Germans saw their country portrayed in the British press and on television, they did not recognize it, he said.

"My children are 20 and 25 and when they watch Germany in some of the British media, they think this is a picture they have never seen in their whole lifetimes," said Fischer, a leading member of the Greens party, the junior partner in the ruling coalition with the
Social Democrats.

"Germany has changed in a democratic, positive way. Today this is a democracy. Two or three generations have grown up as real democrats.

"If you want to learn how the traditional Prussian goosestep works, you have to watch British TV, because in Germany in the younger generation - even my generation - nobody knows how to perform it," he said.

Fischer said that cooperation at the official level was "excellent" and noted the central British role in setting up Germany‘s political, media and administrative structures after World War II.

And he appealed to Britons to visit Berlin, which was now a "fascinating" capital city on a par with London and Paris.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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