60 Prominent Germans Appeal Against Another War In Europe: "It Is Not About Putin. What Is At Stake Is Europe"

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Two weeks ago, as the S&P was preparing to surge on the latest round of all time high market-goosing algo trickery by the FOMC, 60 prominent German personalities from the realms of politics, economics, culture and the media were less concerned with blinking red and green stock quotes and were focused on something far more serious to the future of the world: the threat of war with Russia.

In a letter published by Germany's Die Zeit, numerous famous and respected Germans including a former president and former prime minister write "Wieder Krieg in Europa? Nicht in unserem Namen!", or, roughly translated, "War in Europe Again? Not in Our Names!"

The open letter to the German government, parliament, and media, excerpted here, was signed by more than 60 prominent German personalities and published in the weekly Die Zeit on Dec. 5. The initiators were Horst Teltschik (CDU), advisor to then-Chancellor Helmut Kohl at the time German of reunification; Walther Stützle (SPD), former Secretary of State for the Ministry of Defense; and Antje Vollmer (Greens), former Bundestag Vice President. Teltschik said, in motivating the appeal, “We are giving a political signal that the justified criticism of Russia’s Ukraine policy should not wipe out all the progress that we have made in the past 25 years in relations with Russia.”

Below is an excerpted translation (source) of the original letter found here.

Nobody wants war. But North America, the European Union, and Russia are inevitably driving towards war if they do not finally halt the disastrous spiral of threats and counter-threats. All Europeans, including Russia, are jointly responsible for peace and security. Only those who do not lose sight of this goal can avoid fatal actions.

The Ukraine conflict shows that the quest for power and domination has not been overcome. In 1990, at the end of the Cold War, we all hoped that it would be. But the success of the détente policy and the peaceful revolutions allowed people to become lethargic and careless. In both East and West. The Americans, Europeans, and Russians all lost, as their guiding principle, the idea of permanently banishing war from their relationship. Otherwise it is impossible to explain either the West’s eastward expansion without simultaneously deepening cooperation with Moscow—a policy which Russia sees as a threat—or Putin’s annexation of Crimea in violation of international law.

At this moment of great danger for the continent, Germany has a special responsibility for the maintenance of peace. Without the will for reconciliation of the people of Russia, without the foresight of Mikhail Gorbachov, without the support of our Western allies, and without the prudent action by the then-Federal government, the division of Europe would not have been overcome. To allow German unification to evolve peacefully was a great gesture, shaped by the wisdom of the victorious powers. It was a decision of historic proportions.

Once the division of Europe was overcome, permanent peace and security, from Vancouver to Vladivostok, should have developed, as had been agreed by all the 35 heads of state and government of the OSCE member states in November 1990, in the “Charter of Paris for a New Europe.”. . . This goal of postwar policy has not been achieved to this day. People in Europe are forced to live in fear once again.

We, the undersigned, appeal to the Federal Government of Germany to assume its responsibility for peace in Europe. We need a new policy of détente in Europe. This is only possible on the basis of equal security for all and mutually respected partners. The German government is not pursuing a go-it-alone policy, as long as it  continues to call, during this stalemate, for calm and dialogue with Russia. The need of the Russians for security is as legitimate as is that of the Germans, the Poles, the Baltic States, and the Ukrainians.

We must also not push Russia out of Europe....  Since the Congress of Vienna in 1814, Russia has been a recognized global player in Europe. All who have tried to change that have failed violently, the last being the megalomaniacal Germany of Hitler, which set out in 1941 to murderously subjugate Russia.

We call upon the members of the German Bundestag, delegated by the people as their political representatives, to deal appropriately with the seriousness of the situation. . . . Whoever is constructing a bogeyman, putting the blame on only one side, is exacerbating tensions, when the signals should be for de-escalation.

We appeal to the media, to more scrupulously adhere to their obligation to provide unbiased reporting than they have hitherto done. Editorialists and leading commentators are demonizing entire nations, without fully taking their histories into account. Any journalist experienced in foreign affairs would understand the Russians’ fear, since members of NATO in 2008 invited Georgia and Ukraine to join the Alliance. It is not about Putin. Heads of state come and go. What is at stake is Europe.

On October 3, 1990, the Day of German Reunification, Federal President Richard von Weizäcker said: “The Cold War has been overcome, and freedom and democracy will soon be in place in all countries. . . . This is a challenge. We can achieve it, but we can also fail. We are facing the clear alternative to unite Europe or fall back again into painful historical examples of nationalist conflicts in Europe.”

Until the Ukraine conflict, we here in Europe thought we were on the right track. Today, a quarter of a century later, Richard von Weizäcker’s warning is more apropos than ever.

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The full list of signatories:

Mario Adorf, actor
Robert Antretter (Bundestag ret.)
Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bergmann (Vice – President of the Alma Mater Europaea)
Prince Luitpold of Bavaria (Royal Holding and license KG)
Achim von Borries (director and writer)
Klaus Maria Brandauer (Actor, Director)
Dr. Eckhard Cordes (Chairman of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations)
Prof. Dr. Herta Däubler-Gmelin (Minister of Justice Retired)
Eberhard Diepgen (Former Governing Mayor of Berlin)
Dr. Klaus von Dohnanyi (Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg)
Alexander van Dülmen (A-Board Company Filmed Entertainment AG)
Stefan Dürr (Managing Partner and CEO Ekosem-Agrar GmbH)
Dr. Erhard Eppler (Federal Minister for Development and Cooperation retired)
Prof. Dr. Heino Falcke (Propst iR)
Prof. Hans-Joachim Frey (CEO Semper Opera Ball Dresden)
Father Anselm Grün (Fr.)
Sibylle Havemann (Berlin)
Dr. Roman Herzog (Former President)
Christoph Hein (writer)
Dr. Dr. hc Burkhard Hirsch (Bundestag Vice President retd)
Volker horns (Academy Director Retired)
Joseph Jacobi (organic farmer)
Dr. Sigmund Jähn (former astronaut)
Uli Jörges (journalist)
Prof. Dr. Dr. hc Margot Käßmann (EKD Council President and former bishop)
Dr. Andrea von Knoop (Moscow)
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Krone-Schmalz (former correspondent for the ARD in Moscow)
Friedrich Küppersbusch (journalist)
Vera Gräfin von Lehndorff (artist)
Irina Liebmann (writer)
Dr. hc Lothar de Maizière (Former Prime Minister)
Stephen Märki (artistic director of the theater Bern)
Prof. Dr. Klaus Mangold (Chairman Mangold Consulting GmbH)
Reinhard Mey and Hella (Songwriter)
Ruth Misselwitz (Protestant pastor Pankow)
Klaus Prömpers (journalist)
Prof. Dr. Konrad Raiser (eh. General Secretary of the World Council of Churches World)
Jim rocket (Photographer)
Gerhard Rein (journalist)
Michael Röskau (Secretary ret)
Eugen Ruge (writer)
Dr. hc Otto Schily (Federal Minister of the Interior Retired)
Dr. hc Friedrich Schorlemmer (ev. theologian, civil rights)
Georg Schramm (comedian)
Gerhard Schröder (former chancellor)
Philipp von Schulthess (Actor)
Ingo Schulze (writer)
Hanna Schygulla (actress, singer)
Dr. Dieter Spöri (Minister of Economics)
Prof. Dr. Fulbert Steffensky (Cath. Theologian)
Dr. Wolf-D. Stelzner (Managing Partner: Institute for WDS analyzes in cultures mbH)
Dr. Manfred Stolpe (Former Prime Minister)
Dr. Ernst-Jörg von Studnitz (Ambassador)
Prof. Dr. Walther Stützle (secretary of defense Retired)
Prof. Dr. Christian R. Supthut (Board Member Retired)
Prof. Horst Teltschik (former adviser at the Federal Office for Security and Foreign Policy)
Andres Veiel (Director)
Dr. Hans-Jochen Vogel (Federal Minister of Justice retd)
Dr Antje Vollmer (Vice-President of the German Bundestag Retired)
Bärbel Wartenberg-Potter (Lübeck Bishop retired)
Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker (scientists)
Wim Wenders (Director)
Wenzel (Songwriter)
Gerhard Wolf (writer, publisher)

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Ahoy Polloi's picture

NEIN-ty nine luftballons bitchez!

kliguy38's picture

We vill have Var! ONWARD neocon soldiers......er wait.......onward Christian soldiers....neocons to the rear

COSMOS's picture

I thought it was 6 million dreidels

Haus-Targaryen's picture

USSA wants a war with Russians.  

The USSA will get their war.  This is almost a foregone conclusion at this point.  

The important questions are;

1) When
2) Where
3) Who is on whos side
4) Who will sit it out


TungstenBars's picture

Germany can still stop this. Does it have the political will to destroy Americas empire?

Haus-Targaryen's picture

I think the best thing Germany could do is sit it out and refuse to fight.  

Let Poland (who lets be honest -- would love to have another go at the Russians with American backing) take the worst of the onslaught,  and then come in thereafter and clean up the (financial) mess -- of course, with its fair share of kickbacks and free shit from the Russians.  

TungstenBars's picture

Poland...what a brainwashed bunch of idiots in that country. I kind of feel sorry they fall prey to the russophobic propaganda so fucking easily. 

Latina Lover's picture

The Polacks are known morons, and matter little.


The real question is what dirt the NSA has on Merkel that makes her the USSA lapdog?

0b1knob's picture

Amazing.  The Germans beat the French in preemptively surrendering.     Sauerkraut eating surrender monkeys.

Manthong's picture

Bankers need a distraction from the coming half quadrillion dollar derivatives structure collapse even larger than the 2001 Pentagon distraction from the 3 trillion dollar unaccounted expense scam.


BuddyEffed's picture

This open letter is intelligent and good natured and it asks for and brings good faith.  The German peoples have always been very intelligent at this level.

Greyhat's picture

It wasnt always like this. But someone would have to switch off the net to bring us back into darkness. :)

The middleclass people here dont buy the state propaganda anymore. We will see where this leads us...

Jeff the Terrible's picture
Jeff the Terrible (not verified) Greyhat Dec 26, 2014 6:52 PM

Any war between the US and Russia would last about two months and end in American owned strip malls and fast food restaurants blanketing the backwards country



Bollixed's picture

Says the spammer who obviously lives on a diet of paint chips...

Thirtyseven's picture

At least we know who the likely Hasbara are.

Arius's picture

Do you want your gold now?


Who is your dady? 


I cannot hear you???

Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) Arius Dec 26, 2014 8:45 PM

I hope the chosenites get their war that they have been asking for, starting with nuclear bombs sent to Israel for 40 days and 40 nights

Christophe2's picture

LOL at this BS letter from past and present professional politicians: "justified criticism of Russia’s Ukraine policy should not wipe out all the progress...".

PUH-LEAZE.  This is just more distractions from the professional distracters and their CIA-controlled media.

The German population is not nearly as retarded as Americans, and far too many of them have stopped paying attention to mainstream sources, in large part due to the gross lies about Ukraine's neo-Nazi coup.

This is just another lame attempt to pull the sheep back into the fold.

Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) Christophe2 Dec 26, 2014 9:06 PM

Sounds like those German chosenites that are scared shitless are begging their greedy German Chosenite friends to back down. They're afraid a nuclear war will cut into their profits

Comte de Saint Germain's picture

At this stage, the only way to avert a thermonuclear war between NATO and the Sino-Russian axis, is letting the Russian Federation to military occupy Ukraine, destroy the country's armed forces, quarantine the political class sympathetic to the west, and make of this failed state a loose confederation of provinces, in which ethnic Russians can be governed under the umbrella of Mother Russia.

Anything less than that is just another step closer to a major nuclear confrontation.

Greyhat's picture

No. The only way to handle this mess is to actively ignore the Ukraine crisis, in western and eastern capitals. No hostile acts anymore. Silence it.


Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) Greyhat Dec 26, 2014 11:11 PM

You sound like the typical Chosenite, you want to steal to your hearts content without ever having any negative consequences.

old naughty's picture

PTB planned and executes...oligarchs listen and follow (not to)...sheeples only talk and dream...

que sera sera...

GetZeeGold's picture




Welcome to Matrix bitches...


Reality is what we ssy it is.

Greyhat's picture

You know, your "chosenites" would like to see "Gomer and Magok" united, makes bombing easier to sell. Ask Mr. "private agency" Friedman:


This time Germany will be the laughing third party. Need some moare woar? Not our business, have fun! :)

winchester's picture
winchester (not verified) Greyhat Dec 27, 2014 5:33 AM

nobody understand a classic war style like 14 or 40 is no longer possible,  you do not invade to break, shrink, divide lands.

this not works like this anymore.


crimea was a call back from population itself.


ussa will not go in russian land,  trigger missile on monuments and destroy everything until poutin say i surrender then put  nazi in president slot.... come on.


the war is now, at the moment, it is money.


only thing that can happen on such blocks size is manipulating masse to riot to collapse civilisation from inside.


the nuke story, all weaponry, it is all theater.

MalteseFalcon's picture

As the sole “Hyper-power” and the head of the “uni-polar” world in 1990, the US could have shaped many different possible worlds.  We now see their creation.  It is unworthy of ideals upon which the US was founded.

MalteseFalcon's picture

The time for integrating Russia into Europe was 1990. Europe has had itself a nice, long snooze and now a nasty wake-up call.

A 3rd time will not be a charm.

Sandmann's picture

yes they obsessed about the Euro superstructure instead of building foundations

Arnold's picture

And polish up the mothballed A 10s.

(for self defence of borders of course, wink wink.)

weburke's picture

"the last being the megalomaniacal Germany of Hitler, which set out in 1941 to murderously subjugate Russia." ? 

This is the writings of guys with doctorates?  

Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) weburke Dec 26, 2014 9:44 PM

Hitler was a saint. The Chosenites ganged up against him. They knew that he was right on target. "Money created as CREDIT, and re-injected back into the very BOTTM of the economic pyramid".

Those words are to a Banker what light is to a Vampire.

Greyhat's picture

Hitler wasnt a saint, he played a copy of the same game.

"... that violence is broken only by violence and terror by terror. Only then can a new regime be created by means of constructive work."

Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) Greyhat Dec 26, 2014 11:14 PM

Not a copy of the same game. The Chosenites were using the Peoples printing press to buy up all the food sources and resources. We the people used our printing press to produce food and resources. Sad, but they got the our printing press back away from us again.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

We the people used our printing press to produce food and resources.

You may be beyond professional help. Your lack of understanding is only superceded by your hatred of the Jews. It is obvious that you lump them all together - no, not one innocent, while blithely ignoring all the ethnic German profiteers from the folly of Versailles. If a Jew saw the writing on the wall and positioned themselves correctly, was it still proof of collusion and foreknowledge? Of course, you say - kill them. Then you compound your ignorance by saying "we however, printed food and resources". Ignorant fool, who exactly is these we you speak of? The people in your head? Understand this - these "chosenites" whom you despise, gave us the only truly workable system, and it was the nature of all mankind to screw it up.  

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Oh...and should we the goyim now express our undying gratitude to the chosenites and their sympathisers for their boundless selflessness, charity and benevolence?

Save your dribble for the front steps of the temple you lowlife shill.

harrybrown's picture

This Whole story is classic crafted Zio-jewish BS well done ZH, the writer should hung & the guy who submitted it, along with the bosses in the fiat printing business.
Read christopher Story's "European Union - Enemy within its member states" written in 1974.
The use of celebs & the famous to play the final cruel hoax on the goyim.
The Zionits started the last two World Wars and they're going to make it a hatrick if they have their way.
There are no countries, just a world to be taken into private hands.

Sandmann's picture

Are you Michael Caine's  Harry Brown ?

Greyhat's picture

"Any war between the US and Russia would last about two months"

I am shure Napoleon and Hitler said the same bevore they had tried it... ;)

disabledvet's picture

Doubtful as both had no illusion of war by that time.

Not true this go around. "Red Badge of Courage" is everywhere and always a good read. These matters take on a life of their own once underway. Hence "peace fighters."

Ahoy Polloi's picture

IMO "Red Badge of Courage" wasn't even Stephen Crane's best. I prefer "The Open Boat"

Self-enslavement's picture
Self-enslavement (not verified) Ahoy Polloi Dec 26, 2014 8:49 PM

Nixon was Chosenite número uno

GetZeeGold's picture




Yeah...and he prayed with Kissinger.


It didn't help him.

stilletto's picture

Agree. Just look at how the USA and allies sorted Afganistan - with its modern arms - in 2 months! And Iraq was all fixed in 2 months as well!!!!!!

lasvegaspersona's picture

Jeffy babe...everytime you post an animal dies...I eat another piece of chicken and think of you.

Calmyourself's picture

Icky Jeffy, I will post a link to my two freezers, 40 chickens, slit their little throats myself..  1/2 a beef cow shot him.  I am an apex predator.  Find your predator find a better life, your count will soar.

Germans against war, good for them since all their men pee sitting down now probably best..