Polish lawmaker compares Merkel to Hitler
18 July 2007, WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A far-right Polish lawmaker in the European Parliament on Wednesday compared Germany's chancellor to Adolf Hitler, saying that Angela Merkel shares the Nazi leader's ambition of dominating Europe – only she's going about it more shrewdly.
18 July 2007
WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A far-right Polish lawmaker in the European Parliament on Wednesday compared Germany's chancellor to Adolf Hitler, saying that Angela Merkel shares the Nazi leader's ambition of dominating Europe – only she's going about it more shrewdly.
Maciej Giertych, a conservative politician with the League of Polish Families, a junior partner in the governing coalition, said that Merkel and other German leaders were trying to dominate the EU, shunning military means yet pursuing goals similar to those of Hitler.
"For a thousand years Germans have tried to dominate Europe," Giertych said in a telephone interview with the all-news station TVN24.
"We know what Hitler proposed. ... and today Angela Merkel is trying, with different methods, to do the same – to organize German domination over all of Europe," he said.
"Hitler used military methods, but Angela Merkel is shrewder."
Giertych, 71, has been a controversial figure on the Polish political scene for several years due to a series of provocative comments that have drawn increased scrutiny since his son, Roman Giertych, became a deputy prime minister and education minister in Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski's conservative coalition in 2006.
In March, Maciej was accused of anti-Semitism and reprimanded by the president of the European Parliament for publishing a booklet in which he describes the Jewish people as a "tragic community" preferring to live a separate life "in apartheid from the surrounding communities."
That followed an uproar he sparked in the European Parliament last year for praising the regimes of late Spanish dictator Francisco Franco and Portuguese dictator Antonio Salazar.
Subject: German news