Leading German newspaper endorses Bush
27 October 2004 ,
27 October 2004
BERLIN – Europe's best-selling newspaper, Germany's "Bild" has broken with tradition and come out in support of George W. Bush in next Tuesday's presidential election.
Despite opinion polls showing more than 80 percent of Germans want to see Bush replaced by Democrat challenger John Kerry, Germany's influential newspaper said it was endorsing the president because of its tough stance on terror and because he would not pressure Germany to send troops to Iraq.
These were two of series of reasons "Bild" said there should be no change in the White House next Tuesday.
"Every new American government makes its mistakes," said Bild, which has about 12 million readers in Germany.
"Bush knows that Europe and Germany do not have the military capacity for a significantly larger commitment of troops beyond their current deployments abroad," said the "Bild" editorial, which was authored by journalist Hugo Müller-Vogg.
Germany's fierce opposition to the war in Iraq led to a crisis in the relationship between Washington and Berlin.
But "Bild", a conservative tabloid newspaper which often focuses on the private lives of German celebrities, argued that after the problems Bush has faced in Iraq the Republican leader would be more open to forging links with other nations.
"Bush has learned that America can conquer any country militarily but cannot win the peace by going it alone," the "Bild" editorial said. "That is why he will focus more on international cooperation in his second term."
Indeed, Bush may have already made his mistakes, argued Bild. But Kerry was worse prepared for the job than previous candidates for the White House.
"No one knows what John Kerry stands for and where he wants to lead America -- and the world."
Unlike in many other nations, including the United States, German newspapers tend not to take a stance in Germany's election campaigns.
As a result, "Bild" decision to come out in favour of Bush could set the stage for German newspapers being more vocal in expressing their views in Germany's elections.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: German news