Wolfowitz nomination devastating, says Mueller

17th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 March 2005, BERLIN - A top member of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats on Thursday slammed US plans to nominate Paul Wolfowitz as the next president of the World Bank and called on Europe to fight the move.

17 March 2005

BERLIN - A top member of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats on Thursday slammed US plans to nominate Paul Wolfowitz as the next president of the World Bank and called on Europe to fight the move.

"The recommendation ... is devastating. The cold warrior has already proven he is an arsonist," said Michael Mueller, a deputy leader of Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) in parliament.

Mueller warned that if Wolfowitz got the job, there would be "a militarisation of thinking" which would lead to "oppression and hegemony" through the World Bank's policies.

"It is already the case that bigger and bigger parts of the world are forced to dance to the tune of Wall Street," said Mueller who is a leading left-winger in the SPD.

Mueller warned this trend would continue with Wolfowitz at the World Bank and it would be a source of "instability and crisis".

European leaders had to do everything possible to prevent Wolfwitz being given the post, he said.

President George W. Bush on Wednesday named Wolfowitz, currently deputy secretary of defence and a key architect of the Iraq war, to be the next World Bank president. Traditionally the US chooses the World Bank chief and Europe selects the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The European Commission on Thursday responded cautiously to the nomination plans, saying simply that it had "taken note" of the American initiative.

A spokeswoman for the Commission said the European Union looked forward to a period of consultation among World Bank stakeholders as expected under the bank's rules.

"What matters is that the (next) president puts development at the centre of World Bank actions," the spokeswoman said.

"This is what we attach importance to," she added.

In separate remarks, EU trade chief Peter Mandelson told the European Parliament that Wolfowitz's nomination had "come as a surprise to some."

But he said the US nominee should be "able to define himself ... the world needs to wait and see."

The Commission works closely with the World Bank on development projects around the world.

"We hope the ongoing cooperation will continue," the Commission said.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has yet to comment on Bush's proposal.

[Copright DPA with Expatica]

Subject: German news

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