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    "In"? Surely that should be "an"?:confused:
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    Do you mean that the EU restricts the sovereignty of its Member States? As far as I can remember, that is, technically speaking, not correct. The Member States voluntarily agreed on giving the European legislator certain rights; the EU can act within its limited powers and, particularly important, is only allowed to act when legislation of the single Member States wouldn't be as effective as a European piece of law (principle of subsidiarity). But that does not mean that the Member States lose their sovereignty; they are still independent countries (and are, theoretically, perfectly free not to comply with EU law; than the EU had the possibility to impose fines which, again, cannot be enforced without the compliance of the Member State, that's it). I'd be very careful with this argument. Don't use technical arguments when you're not entirely sure whether it's accurate or not. EU law is difficult and complex.
    No, we learnt in our contemporary Germany module that Germany doesn't have complete sovreignity and doesn't have total freedom because of the fact that there are supra national organisations higher than invidual countries.

    I thought about it again and I'd say I meant more that Kohl is whipping the crowd in this first speech into a frenzy (no clue how to say that) by telling them about how things are going to be in the future. I've got 2 other speeches by Lothar de Maiziere and Richard Wiesacker who also talk about things like how the environment won't be destroyed anymore and how there will be peace with neighbouring countries. I think I'm trying to approach this by saying how politicians make promises which often lead to assumptions about a utopia, but which don't necessarily come true in the future.
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    Ok, that's probably wrong. All European countries have complete sovereignty, the powers of the EU don't change that. Of course, the European Court of Justice, for example, can decide that the House of Lords or the Bundesverfassungsgericht decided a case in a way which is not in line with European law, but that has nothing to do with sovereignty. In theory, it would be possible for the UK or Germany to decide not to comply with European law anymore by leaving the Union. The EU couldn't prevent them from doing that, they are sovereign.

    It's Richard Weizsäcker. He was president and quite an important man, please don't misspell his name. :-)

    I don't get your point. The environment has improved dramatically, environmental sustainability is one of the most important political topics in Germany, and we all live in a wonderful, peaceful Europe; the most peaceful and stable Europe the world has seen for a few thousand years. But anyway, if you provide a proper argumentation you can assume anything. It's an essay for a language class, not for history. ;-)
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    (Original post by T o b i)
    Ok, that's probably wrong. All European countries have complete sovereignty, the powers of the EU don't change that. Of course, the European Court of Justice, for example, can decide that the House of Lords or the Bundesverfassungsgericht decided a case in a way which is not in line with European law, but that has nothing to do with sovereignty. In theory, it would be possible for the UK or Germany to decide not to comply with European law anymore by leaving the Union. The EU couldn't prevent them from doing that, they are sovereign.

    It's Richard Weizsäcker. He was president and quite an important man, please don't misspell his name. :-)

    I don't get your point. The environment has improved dramatically, environmental sustainability is one of the most important political topics in Germany, and we all live in a wonderful, peaceful Europe; the most peaceful and stable Europe the world has seen for a few thousand years. But anyway, if you provide a proper argumentation you can assume anything. It's an essay for a language class, not for history. ;-)
    If it's all wrong, it's all wrong. I don't get politics but as far as I'm aware we have learned something about Germany not having complete sovreignity because of the EU.

    I only wasn't sure if his name had an umlaut or not. Goodness me.

    Yes it has but it's not a utopia. My point is that politicians often predict things that don't come true and some of the things that were predicted in these speeches haven't come true. Actually it is part history- we have to relate things to context and that's what I'm trying to do.
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    That I criticised your arguments didn't mean that I don't like your topic and your ideas. I do. I just wanted to give you some input. :-) However, I'm still pretty sure that the EU has nothing to do with the Member States' sovereignty. If you want to use that argument I'd advise you to check that in a textbook on EU law. Anyway, I'm sure that'll be a good piece of work when you're finished! If you need someone who goes through it before you hand it in, just send me a message.
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    Ok, sorry. I guess I'm just stressed about it and I've been a bit of a nob today. I found the bit about sovreignity in the online notes. Maybe I explained it wrong. The notes said about the principle of the "offener Staat": Abgabe der staatlichen Souveraenitaet an internationale und supranationale Organisationen (EU, NATO).

    Thanks The main stuff I always have problems with are idioms and expressions. I wish I'd bought a book with some in really.
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    Ich bin so Krank! Heute habe ich nur geschlafen, sogar, wenn ich so viele Arbeit machen muss.
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    I should add that I absolutely agree with you on the point that many of the things Kohl and others predicted didn't come true. Consider that all Germans still have to pay a Solidaritätszuschlag (special kind of tax which is added to your income tax) which is needed to bear the massive debts caused by the reunification. Kohl didn't realise that billions and billions of Mark (and Euros, sadly ) have to be invested before East Germany has an economic situation that can be compared with West Germany. He absolutely underestimated how expensive this reunification was due to the catastrophic socialistic ideas that had been adopted by the SED regime. The exchange rate "1 DM for 1 Ost-Mark" was the decision that illustrates this mistake the best.

    However, even if massive mistakes were made, the reunification was definitely worth it. As I mentioned before, we live in the best Europe this world has ever seen, we shouldn't forget that. Kohl was one of the people who made this possible.
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    Ich bin so Krank! Heute habe ich nur geschlafen, sogar, wenn ich so viele Arbeit machen muss.
    Was hast du denn?
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    (Original post by T o b i)
    I should add that I absolutely agree with you on the point that many of the things Kohl and others predicted didn't come true. Consider that all Germans still have to pay a Solidaritätszuschlag (special kind of tax which is added to your income tax) which is needed to bear the massive debts caused by the reunification. Kohl didn't realise that billions and billions of Mark (and Euros, sadly ) have to be invested before East Germany has an economic situation that can be compared with West Germany. He absolutely underestimated how expensive this reunification was due to the catastrophic socialistic ideas that had been adopted by the SED regime. The exchange rate "1 DM for 1 Ost-Mark" was the decision that illustrates this mistake the best.

    However, even if massive mistakes were made, the reunification was definitely worth it. As I mentioned before, we live in the best Europe this world has ever seen, we shouldn't forget that. Kohl was one of the people who made this possible.
    Why do you think reunification was worth it?
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    (Original post by T o b i)
    I should add that I absolutely agree with you on the point that many of the things Kohl and others predicted didn't come true. Consider that all Germans still have to pay a Solidaritätszuschlag (special kind of tax which is added to your income tax) which is needed to bear the massive debts caused by the reunification. Kohl didn't realise that billions and billions of Mark (and Euros, sadly ) have to be invested before East Germany has an economic situation that can be compared with West Germany. He absolutely underestimated how expensive this reunification was due to the catastrophic socialistic ideas that had been adopted by the SED regime. The exchange rate "1 DM for 1 Ost-Mark" was the decision that illustrates this mistake the best.

    However, even if massive mistakes were made, the reunification was definitely worth it. As I mentioned before, we live in the best Europe this world has ever seen, we shouldn't forget that. Kohl was one of the people who made this possible.
    Thanks for your input I didn't know some of those things above, I can mention those. I find it really difficult to write a positive commentary so I went for the negative as I find it much easier to be rhetorical and sarcastic. I do agree with you though- I'm still planning the commentary tonight but I've said although things have changed for the better that it's maybe not quite as perfect as it was made out it would be. In a nutshell: I hate commentaries.
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    Tobi, Thank you for correcting me ..

    Entschuldigung fur mein schlechte Deutsch

    (I hope thats right) ...as you may have noticed i am a gcse student.

    Wenn ich eine A* bekomme mochte ich Deutsch in Arbitur weiterstudieren aber ich denke dass ein bisschen unmöglich ist.
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    (Original post by KwungSun)
    Why do you think reunification was worth it?
    Because it was the end of a regime that had dreamy ideas on how the world should be, that oppressed its people, killed people who just wanted to go to another country to visit their relatives. And it was the beginning of a new era. President Kennedy said "Ich bin ein Berliner" for a reason, not because he liked the city so much. The USSR was a threat to western Europe and the entire western world. The reunification marked the definite end of this state, it was the final blow for the USSR.

    (Original post by hannah_dru)
    Thanks for your input I didn't know some of those things above, I can mention those. I find it really difficult to write a positive commentary so I went for the negative as I find it much easier to be rhetorical and sarcastic. I do agree with you though- I'm still planning the commentary tonight but I've said although things have changed for the better that it's maybe not quite as perfect as it was made out it would be. In a nutshell: I hate commentaries.
    Yeah, you're right. We normally look at history from either a neutral perspective (when we just want to know what happened) or a critical perspective. I'm pretty sure there are more articles about the negative aftermath of the reunification than about the turn of an era that it triggered and that makes the life in Europe so good (despite the current economic downswing ). In addition, it is much better to adopt a critical approach than to hand in an essay that just describes the past and illustrates how wonderful it it. Nobody wants to read that, it's boring and most often will be interpreted as evidence for a lack of analytic abilities. Critical comments are the key to the best marks, so you're totally right, be critical at all costs! ;-) But maybe you mention the turn of an era in your conclusion, it's always nice to conclude with something positive.
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    Was hast du denn?
    Ich weiß nicht. Gestern habe ich zu dem Aerzt gegangen, aber für 20 Minuten hat er nur über Magersucht gesprochen. :shifty:. Ich habe nicht Magersucht und ich habe keine Essstörungen.
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    Tobi, Thank you for correcting me ..

    Entschuldigung fur mein schlechtes Deutsch

    (I hope thats right) ...as you may have noticed i am a gcse student.

    Wenn ich eine A* bekomme möchte ich Deutsch im Abitur weiterstudieren aber ich denke dass das ein bisschen unmöglich ist.
    Warum glaubst du das?

    Don't forget your commas, you missed at least two out - they're compulsory in German in certain places. :smile:
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    Ich weiß nicht. Gestern habe ich zu dem Aerzt gegangen, aber für 20 Minuten hat er nur über Magersucht gesprochen. :shifty:. Ich habe nicht Magersucht und ich habe keine Essstörungen.
    Was für ein Idiot. Geh doch mal zu einem anderen Arzt.
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    (Original post by Faith01)
    Tobi, Thank you for correcting me ..

    Entschuldigung fur mein schlechtes Deutsch

    (I hope thats right) ...as you may have noticed i am a gcse student.

    Wenn ich eine A* bekomme mochte ich Deutsch im Abitur weiterstudieren aber ich denke dass das ein bisschen unmöglich ist.
    The best way to improve is to practice! So it's an excellent idea to use the possibility provided by this forum to write some German. And keep in mind: Nothing is impossible! :-)
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    (Original post by generalebriety)
    Was für ein Idiot. Geh doch mal zu einem anderen Arzt.
    Ja, ich will. Heute habe ich der Aerzt noch mal angeruft, aber hat die Vorzimmerdame (receptionist ) gesagt, dass am Morgen ich noch mal anrufen muss.
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    (Original post by SpiritedAway)
    Ich weiß nicht. Gestern bin ich zu dem Aerzt gegangen, aber für 20 Minuten hat er nur über Magersucht gesprochen. :shifty:. Ich habe nicht Magersucht und ich habe keine Essstörungen.
    Hang on, shouldn't it be as I've corrected? Just because generalebriety didn't correct it, and he usually doesn't miss much
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    To what level do you learn German for the GCSE and to what level for A-levels? (I mean A1, A2...)
 
 
 
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