Germany in crisis after surprise resignation of President Horst Köhler


Germany has been plunged into a political crisis by the surprise resignation of President Köhler.

The move — the first time that a modern German head of state has stepped down before the end of his term — will further sap the leadership of Chancellor Merkel and ignite a debate about the country’s involvement in the Afghan war.

With tears in his eyes, the President read a short televised statement announcing that he was going immediately because he had been so misunderstood over military operations abroad. On a trip last week to meet German troops in Afghanistan he had declared that a country such as Germany, dependent on exports and free trade, must be prepared to use military force.

The country, he said, had to act “to protect our interests, for example, free-trade routes, or to prevent regional instability which might certainly have a negative effect on our trade, jobs and earnings”.

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