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HEIL KASNER (ALIAS MERKEL) ??? | January 10, 2012

Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.


–       Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Versión español : http://wp.me/pRlnf-5I

Being against hastily drawing an opinion without the necessary facts for a good judgement, Angela Merkel as a public figure has always called my attention in her apparently accidental rise to power. She is part of that group of leaders that came about in the last 15 years not only in the European scenario but also worldwide, appearance that seemed to contribute to today’s chaos.

As I wish to centre my attention to the European continent, apparently immersed in its worst moments in its route towards a true merger of partners that once wished to be a common market, I shall only consider those who have had or continue to have power in what has been dubbed as “the Euro crisis”.

Aznar, Berlusconi, Blair, Brown, Chirac, Prodi, Rodríguez Zapatero, Schröder, Sócrates, and an endless number have held government posts in their respective countries in the framework of the Union of 27. Although some have left office, they have left the inheritance of the tower of Babel that the EU is today. Some have relocated themselves after leaving their nation’s government as in the case of Durao Barroso or Van Rompuy, now occupying post of maximum relevance in the Brussels-based power structure. Others have moved on to the private sector lured by juicy fees whilst exercising all their influence.

Nevertheless, no one has marked as much the agenda as has Angela Dorothea Kasner, daughter of an Evangelist theologian who decided to migrate precisely to the GDR in those years of the German miracle of the FRG,  when the flow was precisely in the opposite direction.

Truly, what do we know about this woman that today bosses Europe around?

Aside from the fact that she was sponsored by no less than Helmut Kohl in the ‘90s and that today she is presently Germany’s chancellor with power over all the EU, most people ignore that this woman, in spite of having been born in Hamburg, grew up and was educated (the family moved when she was a few weeks of age) in the ways of the Soviet-influenced Easter Germany or that her father was so well considered within the GDR regime he availed (a real privilege for those days) of an official car for family use and for his trips (unusual for the GDR) to the other Germany, or that she was a full-pledged member of the Communist German Free Youth movement, having even been responsible of propaganda. Her true surname isn’t Merkel but Kasner, adopting the surname Merkel when she married a GDR university colleague called Ulrich Merkel. It is somewhat strange that in spite of separating from her first husband in 1982 and after having married (1998) her former professor, Joachim Sauer, she didn’t renounce to her first husband’s surname.

With such track record and being an outsider to the power echelons in Western Germany, Angela Merkel conquered Helmut Kohl’s sympathy at which time, due to circumstances related to a illegal party-financing scandal, Merkel lashed out against her mentor, causing the downfall of the then CDU leader, now her finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble.

After the criticism harvested at the end of the early December European meet and recently rounded about by the actual IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, I must ask again why European leaders (all except David Cameron)  submissiveness towards the German chancellor in European and crisis issues.

Should we praise her with a round of applause and a ‘Heil Merkel!’ to reward her tenacity to get all to accept her thesis for the EU?

Or on the contrary, should we begin to question the legitimacy of that authority she wishes to impose without any guarantee of her capacity to govern in the manner that we the true democrats understand the exercise of liberty subject to the will of the citizenry?

Yesterday, Angela Kasner Merkel has again imposed her will upon in that ‘summit for two’ held in the German chancellery in Berlin. The increase of the rescue fund is speeded up while the application of the Tobin tax is again left sine die

With the imposition that has lodged relevant unelected governing higher-ups, hand-picked by consensus to calm down the markets, we must be alert because we could very well be close to the seizure of our legitimate right to elect those we wish to govern us.

Fernando Fuster-Fabra




  1. Dear Fernando Fuster:
    I think that I know you from childhood times but I am not sure. Also with all due respect, I want to commend you for your excellence in literary writing and to scold you for devoting your efforts to destructive endeavors. I have seen two of your writings: the one above, and a dismissive comment you made about Ana Palacio in her article of January 15. In both of them you spend 1% on substantive issues and 99% on character disqualification. It is interesting that both times you focus your wrath upon women.
    I would encourage you to stick to the issues because you write well, but if you center on personalities and their past instead of substance you are wasting your efforts and the time of your readers and not being constructive at the time when the world needs positive efforts and not disqualifications, or even less “beatings of dead horses”.
    I agree with you that Ana Palacio was part of Aznar’s government, and Aznar made the terrible decision of supporting the war in Irak. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ana Palacio, who was showing great courage in fighting cancer and undergoing chemotherapy and had to cope with unpalatable decisions by her PM. But you ignore her many accomplishments, her many constructive actions in Spanish and World politics in the past at the European Parliament, as a jurist, and in today’s Spain. You comments about her favoring nuclear energy are disingenuous, because they took place before the accident in Fukushima.
    Similarly, you ignore Angela Merkel’s plan, and your arguments center on her origins and personality and not on an analysis of her policy nor on the consequences of furthering Europe’s break up which would ensue if your criticisms were followed blindly and Euurope leaders revolted against her.
    Fernando, you write beautifully and have great talents. Please try to use them constructively, Let us try to find solutions for problems, not focus on negatives. Best regards

    Diego HIdalgo

    Comment by Diego Hidalgo — February 11, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    • Thank you for your comments which are always welcome whether you agree or not with my opinion. May I suggest you read some other posts of mine before you hastily reach your conclusions on what I intended when I wrote this post.

      If you do decide to read more of my posts or books, in the first place, I am certain you will not be so solvent accusing me of writing only against women. The blogs I undertake are critical to any public person, male or female, who deserves positive or negative comments on his actions in the post he or she may hold. No person who assumes responsibility can expect only praises when his/her decisions are not acceptable to the citizenry, more over when under scrutiny by experts.

      Secondly, I can assure you that my comments are based on facts. My past activity in the framewok of the EU guarantees me to date the most reliable first hand information to warrant the solvency of my statements.

      If you feel you are in possession of better sources to counter my opinion, please indicate these to have a base for your comments. I would gladly print a post correcting any error you can prove. Otherwise, may I suggest you merely express your opinion and avoid making unwarranted accusations against this blogger.

      Thank you again for your contribution.

      Comment by Fernando Fuster-Fabra — February 11, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

      • Dear Fernando:
        You have not read my comment carefully. My only criticism, which you do not reply to, is that you do not say anything constructive in either posting; just personal disqualifications based on the past at a time where the world needs construction. Bringing problems and solutions seems more constructive than disqualifications

        I accept that you distribute your censure to women and men, and that it is a coincidence that you have applied your negative comments to two women in the two articles of yours I have read. But your comments about Ana Palacio have offended me and reveal absolute ignorance about her.

        Nevertheless I have subscribed to your blog and I will read all your postings with interest. Perhaps if you come to madrid or I go to Barcelona we can meet and exchange views and experiences. Best regards

        Diego Hidalgo

        Comment by Diego Hidalgo — February 12, 2012 @ 11:55 am

  2. Permit me to correct you. I do reply to your criticism, sir. Take time and read my posts since 2005 and you will realize that positive proposals and vision stands on record.

    As far as Ms. Ana Palacio, I reaffirm every word I say. I know the Palacio family and had the honour of workingcin European issue with her sister, Loyola. An abysm separates them in their style of exercising public office. Unless you had resided in Spain when both Ana and Loyola held relevant public posts, I recommend you not even dare judge my statements. You would be obly expressing a biased opinion, that which you unjustly accuse me of doing. Good day to you sir!

    Comment by Fernando Fuster-Fabra Fdz. — February 12, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    • Dear Fernando: pure rrogance is not persuasive. I would laugh at you if it were not for the fact that you are offensive and disrespectful with everybody you write to or about. I will not bother to read you because you deserve no attention. So, you had two readers of your blog (you and me) and now you will just have one.

      I knew Loyola and know Ana much better than you. Both are equally praiseworthy and you have no right to write libels about Ana Palacio.

      I do not pretend to have as good a knowledge of Spain or international affairs as I could but it is certainly better than you will ever have.

      Comment by Diego Hidalgo — February 12, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

  3. Are you Ana Palacio? …. You sound as if you were her alter ego. What Ms. Ana Palacio did right, as well as what I criticize her for stand on record as spanish Foreign Minister during the Iraq crisis, as Vice-President of the World Bank and her actual job as a pro-nuclear lobbyist. May I suggest you sue for libel the reporters who have written all said news I have used as base for my post?

    I have better things to do than argue with a fanatic.

    Comment by Fernando Fuster-Fabra Fdz. — February 12, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

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