Guttenberg: Europe plagued by “crisis of political leadership” not debt

Karl-Theodor Guttenberg at the Halifax International Security Forum, November 19, 2011

From the Local (Germany)Karl-Theodor Guttenberg, Germany’s former defence minister who resigned in March after being found to have plagiarised his doctoral thesis, has returned to the political stage with a scathing attack on his former colleagues.

Speaking on Saturday at a security conference in Halifax, Canada, Guttenberg took aim at Germans in general and politicians in particular.

“It is not a euro crisis or a debt crisis. It is above all a crisis of understanding and a crisis of political leadership,” he said.

“The Germans have no idea how the European Union functions, how it came to this crisis and what it means. The politicians do not reach the public, they do not reach the people.”  (photo: DPA)

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