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  1. 1. AN AMERICAN JEWISH – GERMAN INFORMATION & OPINION NEWSLETTER dubowdigest@optonline.netAMERICAN EDITIONSeptember 5, 2011Dear Friends:The summer is over and with the arrival of September (hopefully withoutanymore earthquakes or hurricanes) we’re getting down to serious business. TheUN is about to open its annual meeting in New York with both the Durban IIIConference and the Palestinian unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) onthe agenda.Germany has decided not to attend Durban III but many countries will so we’re infor a spate of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic attacks from such human rightsstalwarts as Iran, Cuba and probably Syria. I think it takes a lot of chutzpah forsuch countries to attend anything that supposedly deals with the rights of people.A better title for the UN group dealing with the issue would be the UN HumanWrongs Council.The matter of the Palestinian UDI is much more serious. However, as I write thisthe situation is still very fluid. Our own government (for its own reasons) is tryingto convince the Palestinians to forego their announced UN gambit and get backto the negotiating table. Read more about it below.It’s time! Let’s get on with the news…IN THIS EDITIONA CHAMPION IN GERMANY – Our kinda guy.DURBAN III: GERMANY OPTS OUT – Good!LIBYA & GERMANY – Connected? More than you think.MECKLENBURG – WESTERN POMERANIA – The latest State election. 1
  2. 2. KOHL ON FOREIGN POLICY – An old warhorse speaks! Critically!FAREWELL TO A HORRIBLE NAME – Gone but certainly not forgotten.SOCIAL DEMOCRATS: A BAD RESOLUTION – Whose side are you really on?BERLIN’S ANTI-ISRAEL PARADE – Small but distasteful.UNIVERSITY COSTS – Which country has a more sensible plan?A CHAMPION IN GERMANYA month or two ago I was asked by AJC to attend a small get together to speakwith Philipp Missfelder, the CDU’s Speaker on Foreign Affairs in the Bundestag. Ihad heard his name previously but had never met him. Prior to the meeting I“googled” him and was surprised to find out he was so young (Everyone seemsyoung to me these days). He’s just 32.I found out that, “Philipp Mißfelder, born in 1979 in Gelsenkirchen, graduated inHistory and wrote his Master thesis about the Jewish publicist MaximilianHarden. In 2002, he was elected as Federal Chairman of Junge Union, the jointyouth organization of the conservative German political parties CDU and CSU.He is member of the German Parliament (Bundestag), member of the CDUpresidential board and elected Spokesman for Foreign Affairs of his fraction.I listened to what Missfelder had to say at the meeting and the way he answeredthe tough questions about Israel – Palestinian relations and realized that Israeland the Jewish people had a champion at a very high level in the Germangovernment.To confirm my feelings I found a recent piece in the Jerusalem Post whichreported, “A senior Bundestag deputy on Wednesday called on his country’sForeign Ministry to drop its planned participation in the UN-sponsored anti-racism Durban commemoration event next month because the conference willattack Israel as an allegedly racist state.”Germany should refrain from participating in this conference, as it did in 2009.We should not support with our attendance a conference at which our partnerIsrael is denounced as an apartheid state.”On a Junge Union website Missfelder explained, “According to the UN-Charta,only a peace-loving state can become a member of the United NationsOrganization. I don’t see this condition being met, with the radical Islamic party 2
  3. 3. Hamas in the government. A bid for full membership will most likely be denied bythe Security Council, as a veto from the USA can be expected. But as mattersstand, we can expect that a resolution will be approved by the GeneralAssembly”.You can read the entire article by clicking here.. http://www.junge-union.de/content/aktuell/1214/It’s one thing to state positions in a closed meeting. It’s quite different to havethem out front for everyone to see and hear. I think Philipp Missfelder is the “realthing”DURBAN III: GERMANY OPTS OUTGermany has decided not to attend or participate in the Durban III Conferencecoming up later this month at the UN.The Local reported, “German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle announcedthat Berlin will skip the United Nations Durban anti-racism conference, with aneye toward anti-Israel remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad atthe 2009 summit."We unfortunately cannot rule out that the Durban commemoration event in NewYork could be misused to make anti-Semitic comments as was the case at pastconferences," Westerwelle said, as part of a statement issued by the foreignministry.An AJC press release noted, “AJC praised Germany for withdrawing from thismonth’s tenth anniversary commemoration of the UN World Conference onRacism. The event, known as Durban 3, will take place at the UN in New York onSeptember 22.“We welcome Germanys decision, announced today, to join with otherdemocratic nations boycotting this lamentable gathering,” said AJC ExecutiveDirector David Harris.Germany was also one of the ten countries that laudably refused to participate inthe Durban Review Conference in Geneva in 2009, at which the notoriousIranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was a speaker.“The original gathering, in 2001, became best known for the toxic atmosphere ofraw anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiment expressed by some governments andNGOs,” said Harris. "Is this a cause for commemoration ten years later?"Germany is the ninth country -- and fifth EU member state -- to opt out of Durban3. The others so far are Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Italy,Netherlands, and the United States. 3
  4. 4. There is very little else to say except, “Good!” Let’s hope more countries join inboycotting this disgraceful event.LIBYA & GERMANYOne wouldn’t think that the demise of the Gadhafi regime in Libya would havemuch affect on the current German government – but it does!As Spiegel On-Line points out, “…it looks as though Chancellor Angela Merkelguessed wrong. It could ultimately prove to be an expensive mistake.Hindsight, of course, is always 20/20. Yet it must nevertheless be said: The factthat the rebels in Libya are biting at the heels of autocrat Moammar Gadhafi canbe seen as a foreign policy success for French President Nicolas Sarkozy, forthe Americans and for the British.For German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Foreign Minister GuidoWesterwelle, however, the development highlights a bitter foreign policy failure.When the United Nations Security Council voted to establish a no-fly zone overLibya in March, Germany chose not to participate. Westerwelle was particularlyvociferous in defending that decision, saying that any military operation in NorthAfrica was risky -- both for those involved and for Libyan civilians. Berlin decidedto abstain from the Security Council vote, a move that many German foreignpolicy experts found inexplicable. It showed, many said, an alarming lack ofsolidarity with Germanys Western allies.Instead of doing its part to rid the world of a tyrant, the German governmentseemed to prefer the role of schoolmarm. When rebel advances slowed in Juneand July, German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière accused NATO ofhaving no long-term strategy for Libya.Now, however, it would appear that Germanys partners were right after all andthat Berlin was horribly mistaken. There were indeed risks, but they weremanageable: NATOs air strikes saved the lives of countless civilians and playedan important role in the toppling of Gadhafi. At the same time, NATOs ownlosses were minimal and not a single NATO soldier was killed in the mission.Germanys credibility as a defender of human rights and democracy has beentarnished, as has its reputation as a reliable partner in the Western alliance.Renewed trust and renewed strength within NATO will only be established oncea new government takes power in Berlin.France, Britain and the US have done their part for change in Libya. They willnow demand a substantial contribution from Germany for the comingreconstruction of Libya -- and Berlin will have little choice but to send significantquantities of monetary aid as well as experts and material assistance. US 4
  5. 5. President Barack Obama told Merkel as much during her last visit toWashington. Now, German police, development experts and even soldiers willlikely end up in Libya to ensure democracy and stability.There is no doubt that Germany was on the wrong side in this matter. However,saying that “Renewed trust and renewed strength within NATO will only beestablished once a new government takes power in Berlin.” is a bit much.It seems to me that sometimes memories are very short when it comes topolitical matters. Should Germany take a significant role in a post-Gadhafi Libyathe original German position will be smoothed over and swept under the rug.Unity in NATO will be re-established. And, besides, Germany is such a majorfinancial supporter of some of the NATO countries that it will be to their benefit tohave a timely memory lapse.However, the UN faux pas may not have lasting international implications,domestic political are something else again.As above, while a positive role for Germany in post-revolutionary Libya mightmake the “wrong” decision that was made regarding Germany’s involvement(above) fade away, it might all happen too late to save the job of Foreign MinisterGuido Westerwelle. Westerwelle is already is a weakened position. His role asleader of the Free Democratic Party has already eroded. D-W World reported,“Westerwelle, who was forced to relinquish his position as FDP leader in April,may also be forced out as foreign minister if his party fails to win any seats inregional elections in Berlin and in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-WesternPomerania next month. Many in Germany would see the departure ofWesterwelle, a close ally of Angela Merkel, as a symbolic blow to the chancelloras well. The FDP is in coalition with Merkels center-right Christian Democrats(CDU) and its Bavarian sister party (CSU).The FDP’s popularity in the last six or eight months has been sinking like a rock.Westerwelle, no doubt, has become a liability. There is little reason to think theywill do well in the upcoming State elections. We might be looking at the new FDPParty chief Philipp Roesler as the new Foreign Minister.MECKLENBURG – WESTERN POMERANIAThe latest State election held in Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania, a state inthe former East Germany was held on Sept. 4th. The Local reported, “Accordingto exit polls released by public broadcaster ARD, the SPD was the strongestparty, with 37 percent of the vote, a significant gain on their 2006 performance of30.2 percent.Merkels Christian Democrats mustered 24.0 only percent of the vote in the 5
  6. 6. northeastern state on the Baltic Sea, a decline from the 28.8 percent they wonfive years ago.The third-strongest party was the hard-line socialist Left party (Die Linke), with17 percent.The resurgent Greens scored 8.5 percent, ensuring their representation in theregional parliament for the first time. They had previously failed to clear the five-percent hurdle required to enter the parliament.Negotiations will now take place over possible coalition arrangements.Many analysts expect a continuation of the "grand coalition" of SPD and CDUthat has governed the economically depressed state since 2006.However, a coalition of the SPD and The Left, or even a three-way tie-up withthe newly elected Greens, is also possible. The SPD has not declared whichparty it would rather form a coalition with.The neo-Nazi NPD appeared set to remain in the state legislature after the partybenefited from low voter turnout 53.5 percent. The far-right extremists managed5.5 percent of the vote, down from 7.3 percent five years ago.It’s a disappointment for the Chancellor but not a disaster as the probability isthat her party, the CDU will remain in the governing coalition. I believe it isdoubtful that the Social Democrats (SPD) will want to link up with the Left Party. Ido not believe that their national party leaders would be happy with that. It’s saferto join with the CDU in a “Grand Coalition”.However, the FDP (Westerwelle’s party) did not get 5% so they are notrepresented in the State Parliament. Another nail in the Foreign Minister’spolitical coffin.Most disappointing was the continued strength of the NPD. Yes, they receivedfewer votes this time than last, however, they are still in the legislature and that isan awful outcome. It probably says a lot about the high rate of unemployment inM-WP and the fact that it is one on the poorest states in the country.KOHL ON FOREIGN POLICYFormer Chancellor Helmut Kohl hasn’t got much love for current ChancellorAngela Merkel or, for that matter, her Social Democratic predecessor, GerhardSchroeder. Merkel, a former protégé of Kohl’s who ditched him when he becameinvolved in a scandal over receiving illegal funds for the CDU Party andSchroeder defeated him in 1998. Those sorts of things are not forgotten easily inGerman politics. 6
  7. 7. While Kohl may harbor personal dislikes, he is also a genuine authority onGerman foreign policy. In a recent story, The Local reported, “Former ChancellorHelmut Kohl on Wednesday offered a blistering assessment of Germany’scurrent foreign policy, saying the country had become an erratic and unreliablepartner to its closest allies.In an expansive interview with the foreign policy journal Internationale Politik,Germany’s longest-serving post-war leader slammed his successors GerhardSchröder and Angela Merkel for ruining the country’s reputation overseas.“Germany’s hasn’t been a reliable power for several years – neither domesticallynor abroad,” said Kohl. “We have to be careful not to throw everything away. Wedesperately have to return to our former dependability.”Kohl said recent events such as Germany’s decision not to support the efforts ofits closest allies to oust Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi and the lackingGerman leadership during the eurozone debt crisis had left him dismayed.“I have to ask myself, where does Germany actually stand today and where doesit want to go,” he said. “Our friends and allies abroad are naturally also askingthis question.”The former chancellor, who presided over Germany reunification in 1990, saidthe foreign policy of Merkel’s centre-right coalition under the direction of ForeignMinister Guido Westerwelle appeared haphazard and without direction.“If you don’t have a compass, and don’t know what you stand for or where you’regoing, and therefore lack the will to lead, then you’ve abandoned the continuity ofGerman foreign policy quite simply because you don’t understand such things,”Kohl said.Kohl also pointed to the decision last spring by US President Barack Obama tovisit France and Poland yet skip over Germany as a sign just how much thecurrent government had neglected transatlantic relations.“I never dreamed that I would live to see the time when a sitting Americanpresident comes to Europe only to fly over the Federal Republic – I could saywent around it,” he said.The 81-year-old also warned about the dangers posed by the eurozone’ssovereign debt crisis. Bailing out heavily indebted euro members such as Greecewas crucial to future of the European Union, he said.“We have no choice if we don’t want Europe to break apart,” Kohl said, addinghe never would have allowed Greece to join the single currency had he still beenchancellor at the time. 7
  8. 8. He said Europe needed “robust action and a package of farsighted, cleverlybalanced and non-ideological measures” to ensure the euro’s stability.You might want to write off the criticism as personal animosity. However, Kohl’sfeelings are not his alone. As the one who brought the two Germans backtogether and remained super solid in support of a united Europe, he is probablythe best spokesperson for those that wish for a more robust German foreignpolicy within that framework.I certainly would not be critical of Hr. Kohl. He knows a helluva lot more aboutGerman foreign policy than I do. However, these are difficult times in Europe.The financial problems of some of the Euro countries are not Chancellor Merkel’sfault. However, she’s in command in Germany so who else is there to blame?It’s easy for Kohl to be critical but to suggest only that, “Europe needed “robustaction and a package of farsighted, cleverly balanced and non-ideologicalmeasures” to ensure the euro’s stability” leaves me a little up in the air. It wouldhave been more to the point if he had backed up his critique with some concretesuggestions. However, there weren’t any. Maybe there will be another speechsometime. He owes it to the public. I’ll report on it if it happens.As reported in Spiegel On-Line, “Everyone knew that this year would be adifficult one for Chancellor Angela Merkel. As 2010 drew to a close, hergoverning coalition seemed incapable of agreeing on much of anything, a seriesof state elections threatened to eat into her partys power and euro-zone debtconcerns had yet to be alleviated.Few, though, foresaw things getting quite as bad for Merkel and her governmentas they have this week. Not only is the Chancellor facing significant doubts fromwithin her conservative Christian Democrats regarding the Greece bailoutpackage recently assembled by euro-zone member states, but Berlins decisionto stay out of the fight for Libya has never looked more short-sighted and self-serving than now.The criticism has been withering. In reference to Libya, media commentatorshave begun referring to the Berlin "debacle" and "Germanys shame." Moreconcerning for Merkel, however, is the heft provided by condemnation from thelikes of German President Christian Wulff, former Interior Minister Gerhart Baumand ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl.All three have weighed in this week -- and all three have furthered the widely heldview in Germany that Merkel and her Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle do nothave a firm grip on the rudder of the ship of state.The bad news for Merkel and Westerwelle is that things are likely to get worse fortheir government before they get any better. Already, their two parties havesuffered a dismal year in State elections. 8
  9. 9. Merkel’s situation reminds me a bit of the one Pres. Obama finds himself in. Bothhave their poll numbers at an all time low and the critics speak for a lot of people.Both have non-national elections coming this year. With the results, if poor forboth, each will suffer yet more criticism and political weakening. We’ll be keepingan eye on the situation so stay tuned!FAREWELL TO A HORRIBLE NAMED-W World recently reported “Stock of former Nazi chemical giant to be delisted”.The firm, I.G. Farben, used forced labor and made poison gas during World WarII. After the Nuremberg trials, companies like BASF and Bayer were formed fromthe splintered monolith. Now the IG Farben name will cease to exist.More than 80 years after IG Farben was founded the chemicals company onceclosely linked to the Nazi regime is having its stock pulled from the market. Itsthe final step in a liquidation process which stretched over decades.During World War II, IG Farben used thousands of forced laborers from theAuschwitz-Monowitz camp at its factory there. One of the companys subsidiariesproduced Zyklon B, which was used to kill prisoners in gas chambers. A numberof Nobel-prize winning scientists also worked for the company during its history.IG Farben was once the worlds largest chemicals company and the Alliedpowers ordered it dismantled after 1945. Several of IG Farbens top executiveswere tried in Nuremberg and imprisoned at the time Companies including BASF,Bayer and Hoechst (now part of French Sanofi) were formed from the fragmentsof IG Farben, leaving behind a publicly-traded shell company which declaredbankruptcy in 2003.As the facts of the Holocaust began coming out after World War II the name ofI.G. Farben became the symbol of the connection between the Nazi deathmachine and German industry. Holocaust survivor victims did receive paymentsin the 1950’s but the shell corporation remained as legal maneuvers and claimsworked their way through the German courtsFinally, it is being legally dispatched. However, that is not to say that history,especially Jewish and Holocaust history, will forget it. Nor has it really goneaway. It’s just in smaller pieces and called by different names. Corporations don’tdie – only people.SOCIAL DEMOCRATS: A BAD RESOLUTIONGermany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD), the major “opposition” party in theBundestag has passed an internal resolution which on the surface appears to be 9
  10. 10. pro-Palestinian and in opposition to Israel’s position on the unilateral declarationof Palestinian statehood. I’m being kind in saying it “appears”.The SPD has been clear in its opposition to Chancellor Merkel’s stated positionthat the the unilateral declaration is counter productive and only directnegotiations can lead to a lasting peace. In early August DW-World reported, “…German opposition circles in parliament have criticized Merkel for taking thisposition at such an early stage."We regret this premature move because it hinders the chance to develop acommon European position and also demand peace activities from the Israeliposition," Rolf Mützenich, a Middle East expert and foreign policy spokesman ofthe opposition Social Democrats, told Deutsche Welle."We have to be careful that we dont get caught in a dangerous dead end in theMiddle East, in a situation with considerable risk of escalation," he said.Therefore, Germany was doing its utmost to help avoid a confrontation in the fall.The opposition supports this course. But it points to the long lasting deadlock inMiddle East peace negotiations."Weve seen how far the Palestinian side would have been willing to go to meetIsraels maximum demands," Mützenich said. "So I think that this step by thePalestinians is a further measure to apply pressure in order to return at all to realpeace negotiations."I think it’s pretty clear which way Hr. Mutzenich leans.Now the SPD has passed a resolution which will be debated in the Bundestag inearly September. An AJC press release noted, “Germany’s opposition SocialDemocratic Party (SPD), in a proposed resolution on the peace process, calls onthe German government to drop its opposition to UN recognition of a Palestinianstate, and demands that Israel stop all settlement activity, which the SPD assertsis the main barrier to peace.n a recent letter to SPD parliamentary whip Frank-Walter Steinmeier, AJC askedthe party to retract the resolution, which is scheduled for debate in the GermanParliament on September 9. The resolution puts the primary blame on Israel forthe lack of progress in peace negotiations and asks the German government toupgrade the status of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Berlin.“We hope the SPD will shift from its unwarranted criticism of Israel, which isready to negotiate with the Palestinians a permanent peace agreement, andacknowledge Israel’s towering security challenges, as evidenced by the latestterror attacks,” said AJC’s Berlin Director Deidre Berger.I want to note for the record that not every member of leader in the SPD supportsthis position. Some friends in the party have made that clear. However, party 10
  11. 11. unity reigns supreme and the party’s position is the party’s position. Period!BERLIN’S ANTI-ISRAEL PARADEEvery year an anti-Israel “parade” takes place in Berlin. According to JTA, “AlQuds Day, a protest against Israels existence, was established in 1979 by IransIslamic revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini. Since then, his followers havemarked the day in cities around the world with large Muslim populations, on thefirst Saturday after Ramadan. Berlins annual demonstration has attractedbetween 300 and 1,000Islamists over the years. Men and women march separately.This years pro-Israel counter-protest was organized by the German-IsraeliSociety; the Jewish Community of Berlin; the Anti-Defamation Center; the JewishForum for Democracy and Against Anti-Semitism; the exile opposition groupGreen Party of Iran; the German-Israel Society Berlin/Potsdam branch; theactivist organization Stop the Bomb; the Association of People Persecuted Bythe Nazi Regime; the Coordinating Council of German Non-GovernmentalOrganizations Against Anti-Semitism; and others.Police spokesperson Michael Gassen told JTA that about 600 Islamistdemonstrators and about 300 pro-Israel protesters were kept well apart fromeach other during Saturdays march. There were no arrests.The anti-Israel demonstrators chanted slogans calling Israel a terrorist state andcalling for its dissolution.The many children among them "makes me sad," Levi Salomon, Berlin JewishCommunity representative in charge of fighting anti-Semitism, told JTA. "Theindoctrination of the children is a central problem."Pro-Israel demonstrators came from across the mainstream political spectrum,and included local Iranian pro-democracy activists, Salomon added.I would imagine that since the parade emanates from an idea first propounded byAyatollah Khomeini, the former Iranian leader, many fewer people of Arabbackground participated. There is no love lost between Arabs and Iranians. Anon-Al Quds event would have been a bigger draw. Because they only turned out600 it should not be assumed that anti-Israelism barely exists in Germany. Thatis just not the case. Anti-Israelism is strong especially at this moment in historywhen a unilateral declaration of independence by the Palestinians is about to belaunched at the UN in September.However, demonstrations are a dime a dozen in Berlin so this one probably doesnot carry much weight or influence. On the bright side, a significant Jewishcounter demonstration took place. That shows that the pro-Israel side is activist 11
  12. 12. as well.UNIVERSITY COSTSLuckily, my wife and I are passed having to shell out large amounts of cash to getour kids through college. When we were in that position 15 or 20 years ago it wascosting about $25K to get a kid through a good private university here in the U.S.The cost these days, as I understand it, is over $50K at the Ivy League schools.The situation in German universities is quite different. Until a few years ago theywere free! When costs began to rise a (very) modest tuition fee of about $700 peryear was added.Recently an interesting German tax court ruling was described by the Editor ofThe Local, Marc Young. He editorialized, “Germany fancies itself a ratherintellectual place, so its perhaps no surprise that students here used to have apretty cushy existence. Freed from regular exams or other forms of rigoroustesting, many would spend the better part of decade submerged deep in thought.But thats changed dramatically in recent years. Universities have shifted tointernationally recognized bachelor and master degrees, making it harder toremain a student forever. Highly unpopular tuition fees were even introduced inseven German states, but five have already decided to abolish them again.Not that tuition of €500 a semester would matter much after a precedent-settingcourt ruling this week, which determined German students should be allowed towrite off the entire cost of university from their future income taxes. Yes, thatsright - tuition fees, rent, a computer, books - everything aside from late-night beerand pizza is now a tax break.The only caveat is a persons studies have to be relevant to the gainfulemployment they later take up in order to qualify as a work-related expense. Sothose most likely to profit from the ruling are those who probably wont bestruggling anyway: doctors, lawyers and other well-paid professions.Of course, using the courts logic couldnt someone argue they had "relevant"costs going back to preschool? What about those remedial math classes afterschool back in eight grade? Wasnt that key to becoming a civil engineer later inlife?Now dont get me wrong, I dont begrudge German university students their taxloophole, and Id be the last person to argue for crushing US-style tuition here.But I must admit Im slightly irked the court has kyboshed my grand scheme tosave higher education in Germany. The idea I liked to trot out every few yearswas offering students tuition-free access to university if they opted to do one year 12
  13. 13. of public service. In my humble opinion, solidarity is a two-way street.With the abolition of military conscription this summer, German universities arefacing a flood of new students this autumn and it remains to be seen how thecreaky educational system copes.Just dont expect any extra funding from the federal government. FinanceMinister Wolfgang Schäuble is probably already calculating what a deluge ofstudent write-offs are going to cost him in future tax revenue.”Obviously, there is no “Jewish’ quotient to this piece of news. It does, however,indicate the difference between the attitudes in Germany and those in the U.S.about what the costs of higher learning should be. In the U.S., in many cases, thecosts are preclusive. No doubt poor kids are at a great disadvantage. Even in thebest schools with aid packages, etc. my guess is that they leave with largeamounts of student loan burdens. I believe, (again my guess) most middleincome students also leave owing the Government and private bank lendersgreat amounts of money. What a way to begin adult life!I doubt seriously that the American government or the tax courts would go as faras those in Germany. Nor will this ruling make it easy to support all this universitytraining. However, if the U.S. is to maintain itself as a great country, etc. etc. etc.shouldn’t we be doing something to insure the highest level of education for ouryoung people is more affordable?Another story on the same subject in The Local can be accessed by clickinghere. http://www.thelocal.de/education/20110824-37011.html**********************************************************************************************DuBow Digest is written and published by Eugene DuBow who can be contactedby clicking hereBoth the American and Germany editions are posted atwww.dubowdigest.typepad.comClick here to connect 13