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"Reminiscent of Time Gone": Did the German Chancellor compare climate activists to the Nazis? - Walla! news

2022-05-30T20:19:34.955Z


"I attended events where five people sat in exactly the same attire, each memorizing a year that he had memorized. This is not a discussion," said Olaf Schultz, who attended a panel on halting coal-fired power generation - and was interrupted by activists. Chancellor's spokeswoman: "The claim - a complete absurdity"


"Reminiscent of Time Gone": Did the German Chancellor compare climate activists to the Nazis?

"I attended events where five people sat in exactly the same attire, each memorizing a year that he had memorized. This is not a discussion," said Olaf Schultz, who attended a panel on halting coal-fired power generation - and was interrupted by activists.

Chancellor's spokeswoman: "The claim - a complete absurdity"

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30/05/2022

Monday, 30 May 2022, 21:21 Updated: 23:14

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German Chancellor Olaf Schultz has been accused of comparing climate activists to the Nazis, claiming that according to his spokeswoman it is a "complete absurdity", CNN reported today (Monday).



Schultz spoke Friday at a panel held as part of the "Catholic Day" (Katholikentag) in Stuttgart, when protesters interrupted him, and one activist even tried to take the stage before being blocked by security guards.

In his speech, the Chancellor spoke of the gradual cessation of coal-fired power generation and the consequent loss of jobs in the mining sector, when his remarks were disrupted.



"I'll tell you the truth: these presentations in which the same people wear black over and over again remind me of times that thank God, long gone," Schultz said.

"I also attended events where five people sat in exactly the same attire, each memorizing a sub-memorial, and then they do it over and over again," Schultz said.

"So I think it's not a discussion, it's not a participation in a discussion, but an attempt to manipulate the events for personal purposes.



The remarks provoked outrage, and many Germans thought they were referring to the black uniforms of Nazi SS soldiers.

Climate activist Louisa Newbar even said the chancellor "compares climate activists to the Nazis".

"Where do I start? In a half-sentence, the Chancellor of the Federal Republic paradoxically compares the Nazi regime to the climate crisis," she tweeted.

"He defined climate protection as an ideology with a common denominator for the Nazi regime. In 2022. God. This is a big scandal."

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A spokeswoman for Schultz denied making the comparison and called the allegations "utterly absurd."

"These chancellor statements speak for themselves, and I do not want to comment on them here. But I can say that such a comparison is, of course, utterly absurd," said Federal Government spokeswoman Christian Hoffman.

"The chancellor has made climate protection an issue at the top of his tenure, and he is, of course, always ready to address the issue and discuss it," she added.



A journalist at the conference asked her in response: "'Black times' in Germany is a phrase that usually refers to the Nazi period. Are you saying that Schultz did not mean it"?

To this, Hoffman replied: "I did not say what he meant or did not mean, I just said that I do not respond to it, and that his statements speak for themselves."



The new German government plans to gradually stop using coal by 2030 - eight years before the previous target set by former Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.

In March, the government also brought forward the deadline for a full transition to renewable energy in the electricity sector by five years, to 2035.

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