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Anti-Communist pastor Gauck elected German president
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Posted on 03/18/2012 8:58:43 AM PDT by nuconvert

Germans resoundingly elected Joachim Gauck, a former Lutheran pastor and human rights activist from communist East Germany, as president of the European Union's largest country on Sunday, posing a potential political headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Germany; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: authorofblackbook; blackbook; blackbookofcommunism; europeanunion; france; gauck; germany; joachimgauck; unitedkingdom; waronterror

1 posted on 03/18/2012 8:58:47 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

What the hell does a German President do anyway??


2 posted on 03/18/2012 9:06:24 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
What the hell does a German President do anyway??

He's the guy you call when you need a beer drinking buddy

3 posted on 03/18/2012 9:11:58 AM PDT by Riodacat (And when all is said and done, there'll be a hell of a lot more said than done......)
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To: nuconvert
A "human rights activist Lutheran pastor from communist East Germany" is now an anti-communist? I suppose it's possible...
4 posted on 03/18/2012 9:13:17 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Duties And Functions

Duties and functions

The degree of power actually conferred upon the president by the Basic Law is ambiguous.[6] However, in practice, holders of the office treat it as a largely ceremonial one and act with the advice of the Federal Government. Unlike many constitutions, the Basic Law does not designate the head of state as the commander-in-chief of the military (ceremonially or otherwise). This role is vested in times of peace in the Minister of Defense, going to the Chancellor rather than the president in times of war, by Article 65a. Nevertheless Germany cannot declare a state of war without the approval of the president.[7] The president carries out the following duties:

Appointment of the Federal Government

The president proposes an individual as Federal Chancellor and then, provided he or she is subsequently elected by the Bundestag, appoints him or her to the office. However, the Bundestag is free to disregard the president's proposal and elect another individual to the post, whom the president is then obliged to appoint. The president appoints and dismisses the remaining members of the Federal Government "upon the proposal of the Chancellor." The president can dismiss the Chancellor, but only in the event that the Bundestag passes a Constructive Vote of No Confidence.[8] If this occurs, the president must dismiss the chancellor and appoint the successor requested by the Bundestag.[8]

Other appointments

The president appoints federal judges, federal civil servants and military officers. All such appointments require the counter-signature of either the chancellor or the relevant cabinet minister.[9]

Dissolution of the Bundestag

In the event that the Bundestag elects an individual for the office of chancellor by a plurality of votes, rather than a majority, the president can, at his or her discretion, either appoint that individual as chancellor or dissolve the Bundestag, triggering a new election. In the event that a vote of confidence is defeated in the Bundestag, and the incumbent chancellor proposes a dissolution, the president may, at his discretion, dissolve the body within 21 days. As of 2010, this power has only been applied three times in the history of the Federal Republic. In all three occurrences it is doubtful whether the motives for that dissolution were in accordance with the constitution's intentions. Each time the incumbent chancellor called for the vote of confidence with the stated intention of being defeated, in order to be able to call for new elections before the end of their regular term, as the Basic Law does not give the Bundestag a right to dissolve itself. The most recent occurrence was on 1 July 2005, when Chancellor Gerhard Schröder asked for a vote of confidence, which was defeated.[10]

Promulgation of the law

All federal laws must, after counter-signature, be signed by the president before they can come into effect.[11] Upon signing, the president has to check if the law was passed according to the order mandated by the constitution and/or if the content of the law is constitutional. If not, he or she has the right (and, some argue, the duty) to refuse to sign the law. This has happened rather rarely. In Art. 82 the constitution does not explicitly rule out that the president can even refuse to sign a law merely because he disagrees with its content, i.e. that he has a power of veto, but no president since World War II has ever used this theoretically given veto power. In any case, the presidents have only refused to sign laws that they believed to violate the constitution.

Foreign relations

The president represents Germany in the World (Art. 59 Basic Law), holds foreign visits and receives foreign dignitaries. He or she also concludes treaties with foreign nations (which do not come into effect until affirmed by the Bundestag), accredits German diplomats and receives the letters of accreditation of foreign diplomats.

Pardons and honours

The president may grant pardons if the person concerned had been convicted under federal jurisdiction and also confers decorations and honours.

State of legislational emergency

In the event of a national crisis, the emergency law reforms of 1968 designate the president as a mediator. If the Bundestag rejects a motion of confidence, but neither a new chancellor is elected nor the Bundestag is dissolved, the president may, by request of the cabinet, declare a "legislative state of emergency", which is quite different from a conventional state of emergency: If it is declared, during a limited period of time, bills proposed by the cabinet and designated as "urgent", but rejected by the Bundestag, become law nonetheless, if the Bundesrat does pass them. But the legislative state of emergency does not suspend basic human rights nor does it grant the executive branch any exceptional power. Such an emergency has never been declared.
5 posted on 03/18/2012 9:15:53 AM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: Riodacat

Good one...That’s kind of what I thought.

President Bratwurst and V.P. Lager Beer.


6 posted on 03/18/2012 9:18:22 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: nuconvert
Joachim Gauck

Nickname: Li'l Abner

7 posted on 03/18/2012 9:19:14 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (If my candidate doesn't win the nomination I'm going to kick my feet, cry like a baby, and stay home)
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To: Riodacat

Nice one...


8 posted on 03/18/2012 9:32:52 AM PDT by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

He’s replacing Christian Wulff who replaced Horst Köhler.

Not being a close follower of German politics, I had to look these up.


9 posted on 03/18/2012 9:48:38 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: aberaussie; Aeronaut; aliquando; AlternateViewpoint; AnalogReigns; Archie Bunker on steroids; ...


Lutheran Ping!

Keep a Good Lent!

10 posted on 03/18/2012 9:59:25 AM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

“A “human rights activist Lutheran pastor from communist East Germany” is now an anti-communist? I suppose it’s possible...”

Ya think?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joachim_Gauck


11 posted on 03/18/2012 10:22:15 AM PDT by wolficatZ (:"TV is king, you're my everything..")
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To: nuconvert

Anti-Communist? The American Left hates to learn that!


12 posted on 03/18/2012 10:25:14 AM PDT by Savage Beast ("When even casual sex requires a state welfare program, you're pretty much done for." ~Mark Steyn)
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To: Lancey Howard
Yikes! isn't that a “hail Hitler” salute she is giving?
14 posted on 03/18/2012 10:36:36 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: wolficatZ

Thanks. His Wikipedia profile is sure encouraging, but there are some inherent conflicts there: “He was nominated as the candidate of the Social Democratic Party and the Alliance ‘90/The Greens for President of Germany in the 2010 election.” How to square that circle?


15 posted on 03/18/2012 10:37:01 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks nuconvert.


16 posted on 03/18/2012 10:38:41 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Thanks. His Wikipedia profile is sure encouraging, but there are some inherent conflicts there: “He was nominated as the candidate of the Social Democratic Party and the Alliance ‘90/The Greens for President of Germany in the 2010 election.” How to square that circle?

That can be explained, but it's kind of tricky. In 2010 when Koehler resigned, Merkel lobbied for Wulff to become president, also because he was one of her few remaining rivals within the Christian Democratic party. Him holding the ceremonial office of president would neutralize Wulff politically.

Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and its coalition partner the Free Democrats (FDP) had the necessary votes. So in a ploy to expose Merkel's machinations and create dissent in the CDU-FDP coalition, the Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens nominated a conservative Lutheran with a free-market economic profile, basically the dream candidate for CDU and FDP voters, rather than the milquetoast Wulff.

When Wulff resigned, Greens and SPD were backed into a corner, they would have to nominate Gauck again or expose their own hypocrisy. And when the Free Democrats also called for Gauck, Merkel had to fall in line, although she probably would have preferred a candidate she could have controlled better, like Bishop Huber or the "green conservative" Toepfer.
17 posted on 03/18/2012 12:13:50 PM PDT by wolf78 (Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
"What the hell does a German President do anyway??"

Germany is still a manufacturing power-house with a well educated work force. I wish we (U.S.A.) had a president like him....
What the hell is our president doing??

18 posted on 03/18/2012 2:17:21 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: nuconvert; mickie
At least he isn't a commie atheist.

You take what you can get in the socialist European Union....even if it's small favors like a former Lutheran minister of uncertain moorings.

Leni

19 posted on 03/18/2012 2:19:26 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Minutemen

Our pres does plenty and pretty much all wrong. But I really don’t want to get started on that right now.


20 posted on 03/18/2012 2:32:25 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: nuconvert

He described himself in that article as “a left-leaning, liberal conservative”. I wonder how that translates in German politics as opposed to U.S. politics?

Also, is he a theologically Biblical Lutheran pastor or theologically liberal Lutheran pastor?


21 posted on 03/18/2012 4:00:38 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Liberal in Europe means more what Libertarian does here, on economic issues.


22 posted on 03/18/2012 4:56:04 PM PDT by Dick Holmes ( The Eagle, like those who live by sharping and robbing, is generally poor, and often very lousy. BF)
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To: Dick Holmes

Well, that’s a case where the word “liberal” would truly mean a change from the European status quo a/k/a socialism.


23 posted on 03/18/2012 4:59:52 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: wolf78

Well, it’s really very simple then.


24 posted on 03/18/2012 6:25:22 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I’m sure he is anti-communist.

However, the German Social Democratic Party is a socialist party. Its official color is red.


25 posted on 03/19/2012 12:23:51 AM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: ReformationFan

The question pretty much answers itself.


26 posted on 03/19/2012 12:24:55 AM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: Skepolitic

The SPD is a middle-left party in the same way as CDU is middle-right. Most of the really left base split with the SPD after the Harz reforms in the Schröder era and founded together with the PDS(former SED) a new party named Die Linke.

If red is an indicator of a socialist party then the us repulicans are in big trouble.
If you look a the german flag and the color assosiated with the three main parties after WWII(CDU/CSU, FDP, SPD) you will see the connection.


27 posted on 03/19/2012 1:57:29 AM PDT by NMachiavelli
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To: NMachiavelli

If red is an indicator of a socialist party then the us repulicans are in big trouble.

The Republicans did not choose red, the MSM gave it to them.


28 posted on 03/19/2012 4:13:54 AM PDT by Kent1957
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To: ReformationFan

being a God believer would automatically put him in the political center.


29 posted on 03/20/2012 1:22:02 PM PDT by RitchieAprile (How about those Devils and Rangers? 3 fights no waiting!)
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