Sunday, March 18, 2012

A new German president

As the BBC put it...

As president Joachim Gauck is expected to speak his mind, and in Germany his past gives him real authority. He has charisma. 

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung said his strengths were his 'preacher-like emotionalism', but added that this might present a difficulty for Chancellor Merkel... "His thoughts and words and sometimes even his actions are guided by emotions. As president he will be difficult to predict, he will irritate people." Above all, Mr Gauck will not be run-of-the-mill.

No, we seventy-two year old sons-of-clergy don't do 'run-of-the-mill! No sir!

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