In light of the wave of violence sweeping the country, Mr. Morsi cut his visit to Germany from two days to just a few hours. He will be greeted by Chancellor Angela Merkel upon his arrival in Berlin with military honors before the two retire to the chancellery for talks and to hold a news conference.
Mr. Morsi will also meet Economy Minister Philipp Rösler for talks that will focus on bilateral economic relations and the creation of a joint economic committee. According to a statement by Mr. Rösler, the Egyptian president will be traveling with a number of his cabinet ministers and a delegation of more than 100 Egyptian business leaders. They will engage in discussion with some 160 German business leaders and industry lobbyists at the founding session of the committee on Tuesday...Memo to German business leaders: G'head. Invest good money in a Mo-led Egypt. If you're looking to lose your shirts, that is.
Update: In light of Morsi's visit, the following seems more than a little ironic/hypocritical:
BERLIN (AP) — On the 80th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's rise to power, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to always fight for their principles and not fall into the complacency that enabled the Nazi dictator to seize control.
Speaking Wednesday at the opening of a new exhibit at the Topography of Terror memorial documenting Hitler's election, Merkel noted that German academics and students at the time happily joined the Nazis only a few months later in burning books deemed subversive.
"The rise of the Nazis was made possible because the elite of German society worked with them, but also, above all else, because most in Germany at least tolerated this rise," Merkel said.
After winning about a third of the vote in Germany's 1932 election, Hitler convinced ailing President Paul von Hindenburg to appoint him chancellor on Jan. 30, 1933 — setting Germany on a course to war and genocide.
And Morsi's path--does it end in anything significantly different?"This path ended in Auschwitz," said Andreas Nachama, the director of the Topography of Terror...