German Intrigue: Did Bush Official Ask Merkel to Prevent Obama From Speaking at Brandenburg Gate?

By MichaelJames

Jul 10, 2008 9:36pm

The plot thickens … on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s reluctance to let Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., deliver an address at Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Gate.

Der Spiegel writes: "The respected Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reported this week that a member of the Bush delegation approached Merkel’s foreign policy advisor, Christoph Heusgen, at the G-8 summit in Japan to discuss misgivings about Obama’s planned speech."

HERE’S the story in question, from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which does indeed report in German as follows: "Es heißt, der außenpolitische Berater der Bundeskanzlerin, Christoph Heusgen, sei auf dem G-8-Gipfel in Japan von einem Berater Bushs angeblafft worden wegen Obamas Plänen."

- jpt

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