View Full Version : Did Mitterand blackmail the Germans?

26-09-2010, 12:52 AM
This is quite interesting:

German magazine Spiegel Online (http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,719608,00.html) is running a story suggesting that the then French Prime Minister Francois Mitterand was blackmailing the German government: no reunification without the Euro.

A recently declassified protocol of talks between Mitterand and then Foreign Minister Genscher reveals that Mitterand was complaing about Chancellor Helmut Kohl's lack of support for the common currency which was agreed upon by their respective predecessors Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and Helmut Schmitt. It was indeed a well known fact that Kohl had no intentions to give up the D-Mark.

Mitterand said: "The Germans are facing a very important choice" and it was pretty clear what he meant.

On the following European summit in Strassbourg, the German government was in full support for the Euro.

While the later French Foreign Minister and Mitterand's adviser Hubert Védrine and the former President of the Bundesbank Karl-Otto Pöhl confirm this story, members of the then German government strongly deny: "There was no such deal".