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IM - I am German by birth and parentage and only became an Irish citizen as an adult when I choose to make my home in Ireland.  I have no animus against Germans or Germany whatsoever and many of my relatives still reside there.  Germany doesn't have a monopoly on nationalism or xenophobia even if it has one of the most unfortunate histories of it.  It is also the most powerful nation in the EU.  That should make us doubly vigilant concerning any upsurge of nationalism there.

The EU was designed to divert nationalist tendencies into a greater European whole, so it is no surprise that those invested in the European ideal should be especially critical of nationalist tendencies. Be assured that we are also critical of nationalist tendencies at home - you have never seen me voice support for Sinn Fein, even though they are now re-inventing themselves as the major Irish party of the left...

So lets be less sensitive about criticisms of our home countries polity and politics.  To criticize Germany is not to exonerate all others... Germany is currently only the leader of a tendency in Europe that we all deplore - having had a very positive record since 1945. I hope you share our disappointment that that is now sadly the case.

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