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Don’t Sit with the Scornful

April 17, 2009

Good news about Germany are so rare, you wouldn’t like to miss out on highlighting them when you stumble upon some. So here we go:

According to Guenther Nooke, a former CDU MP who now serves as the German foreign ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, there is “a very high probability” that Berlin will boycott the Durban II UN Anti-Racism Conference which is set to open in Geneva on Monday. In an interview this week with Der Spiegel, Nooke pointed to the gathering’s potential for anti-Semitic / anti-Israeli attacks and the scheduled appearance of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the key reasons for why Berlin would be willing to boycott an official UN conference for the first time ever. In this context, Nooke also called on all other EU member states to collectively stay away from Durban II.

Should Germany follow through on this – and maybe even pull the entire EU with them – this would send a strong signal as to the ‘worth’ of the Durban meetings. I know what you’re thinking, but the French Cowboy doesn’t even want to consider the idea of the Obama administration being stupid enough to participate at Durban II should even the entire EU boycott it.

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