Wednesday, September 28, 2005

surprise, surprise...

from this article in the Guardian:
Germany's new Left party, which could play a crucial role in deciding the next chancellor, faced acute embarrassment yesterday amid claims that at least seven of its MPs had collaborated with the Stasi, the East German secret police.

The head of Germany's state-held Stasi archive, Marianne Birthler, said she had documents to prove the MPs had worked as "inoffizielle mitarbeiter" (unofficial collaborators).


The revelation came as the Left party held its first meeting as a parliamentary group after Sunday's inconclusive general election. It is made up of members from the Party of Democratic Socialism, the successor to East Germany's Communist party, and a new west German leftwing alliance, the Workers and Social Justice party. It won 8.7% of the vote, coming second in eastern Germany.

Who woulda thought?! I wonder to see how the public reacts to it. Hopefully, Germany, even former East Germnany, is no Russia where her president once boasted with pride that "there could no 'former' chekists".

via Daimnation


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