Merkel says she will not attend opening of Beijing Olympics

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Ian Traynor in Brussels and Jonathan Watts in Beijing
The Guardian
Saturday March 29 2008

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, yesterday became the first world leader to decide not to attend the Olympics in Beijing.

As pressure built for concerted western protests to China over the crackdown in Tibet, EU leaders prepared to discuss the crisis for the first time today, amid a rift over whether to boycott the Olympics.

The disclosure that Germany is to stay away from the games’ opening ceremonies in August could encourage President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to join in a gesture of defiance and complicate Gordon Brown’s determination to attend the Olympics.

Donald Tusk, Poland’s prime minister, became the first EU head of government to announce a boycott on Thursday and he was promptly joined by President Václav Klaus of the Czech Republic, who had previously promised to travel to Beijing.

“The presence of politicians at the inauguration of the Olympics seems inappropriate,” Tusk said. “I do not intend to take part.”


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4 thoughts on “Merkel says she will not attend opening of Beijing Olympics

  1. libhomo, Conservatism in Germany and Conservatism in America are somewhat different animals. It’s a Communitarian / Libertarian thing mostly.

  2. Merkel, a conservative politician, is taking a more liberal position than most Democrats in the US who aren’t boycotting the Olympics.

  3. o/t

    This is extremely important on the day we have the first world-wide “earth hour” … a concept I heartily disagree with – it’s just a TV moment that misses ROOT CAUSES and defocuses real solutions.

    so I’ve put this together and could have written much more, but hypertiger is quite, quite right about that part of the KlusterfucK so I’ve kept my own comments to a minimum – exc. to put in BOLD LETTERS what the coming soft fascism is to be. I’ve already tried to expose what role Thomas Freidman plays in all this – a couple of months ago.

    As I say, God/Goddess help us all.

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