German President Joachim Gauck said that Europeans don’t need to fear German domination and that no one in his country is imposing a “diktat” on the rest of the continent of 500 million.
Chancellor Angela Merkel named Joachim Gauck, a pro-democracy activist from the former East Germany, as the unity candidate for the mainly ceremonial role of German president after the resignation of the incumbent amid corruption allegations.
Germans distrust their leaders and are desperate for a return to “credibility,” said Joachim Gauck , the opposition candidate to be the next German president.
German President Joachim Gauck, speaking at the site of the one of the worst Nazi massacres in France in World War II, said Europe must be constructed with “dignity, justice, and solidarity.”
German President Joachim Gauck called for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to better explain her policy decisions, ZDF television reported today, citing Gauck.
Twenty-five years ago, Leipzig was the center of protests that exploded across communist East Germany and ultimately brought down the hard-line regime of Erich Honecker and then the Berlin Wall.
"Some-- both at home and abroad-- have a quick and simplistic answer: they regard Germany as the shirker in the international community."
- Joachim Gauck on Oct 13, 2014