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Count von Stauffenberg: “We Live in a Society of Lemmings”

Count Franz Ludwig von Stauffenberg, the third son of Hitler’s would-be assassin Count Claus von Stauffenberg and brother to Gen. Berthold von Stauffenberg, recently spoke to the German magazine FOCUS about Germany’s ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. Stauffenberg, a father of four and grandfather of eight, has spent his life as an attorney and a politician for the Bavarian Christian Social Union party, serving in the Bundestag from 1976 to 1987 and as a Member of the European Parliament from 1984 to 1992.

FOCUS asked the Count about his participation in the German court challenge against the Lisbon Treaty.

“I see the way to [the Constitutional Court] as a last resort,” the Count said, “and had hoped that we could compel a re-think through an ordinary democratic manner, through argument, debate, and public pressure. This has totally failed. I’m not anti-European; I was long enough a CSU Member of the European Parliament. This Europe is no longer compatible with the basic structures of a democratic legal state.

FOCUS: Has your case something to do with your experience as the son of the resistance fighter Count von Stauffenberg?

“No. My father expected that his children would … stand on their own as a man or woman. I didn’t go into politics from devout worship of my father, but because of the unsuccessful paths of my peers from the generation of 1968.”

FOCUS: Your action comes late. Why have you waited so long?

“In Brussels, there was no sudden seizure of power, but a systematic, persistent development, in which the Bundestag deputies, constantly obedient and even docile, incapacitated themselves. They see themselves as a reserve team for higher office rather than in their actual role as inspectors to reflect, as a counter force on equal footing.”

FOCUS: How can it be that so few see a risk in the Lisbon Treaty, and the rest should be so beaten with blindness?

“In Germany, almost no one wanted to hear concerns. We live in a society of lemmings.

Link: Graf Stauffenberg: “Wir leben in einer Gesellschaft von Lemmingen” (In German)

This post was published on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 12:41 pm. It has been categorised under Germany Nobility Politics and been tagged under , , , , .
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  1. Baron v Senden
    24 March 2009
    12:58 pm

    Splendid, splendid.
    But like the efforts of everyone else who is still decent, this too will lead to nothing.
    Europe has embraced the culture of death and sterility. It dies now before our eyes, and it is, as it has always been, the barbarians who will inherit the ruins.

  2. WAKE UP
    11 April 2009
    7:58 pm

    This is the most succinct analysis of the problem I’ve seen. Couldn’t be said in fewer words.

  3. N OMeara
    10 July 2011
    12:54 am

    I could not agree more, like all intelligent and far seeing people the count can see down the road what this means for state sovernty and the scenario that is looming ,but remains hidden to most .

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