Merkel 'smarter' than Hitler, says Polish lawmaker

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is sticking to her country's tradition of trying to control europe, but is "smarter" about it than Adolf Hitler, a controversial far-right Polish lawmaker said.

Merkel 'smarter' than Hitler, says Polish lawmaker
Maciej Giertych, a member of the European Parliament who has a reputation for anti-Semitism and homophobia, said in an interview that Merkel was simply the latest in a line of German leaders whose goal was to "dominate" the continent.

In an interview published in the daily Zycie Warszawy, Giertych said Merkel was upholding a tradition dating back to the Ottonian dynasty of Germanic monarchs of the 10th and 11th century, and exemplified more recently by the Nazis.

"Hitler also wanted to create a superpower. Angela Merkel is doing something similar, but she's much smarter about it," Giertych was quoted as saying.

"She doesn't use the argument of force. She makes what appear to be concessions, but in truth her concern is to ensure that Germany is as strong as possible," he said.

"Today, it's clear that Europe is dominated by Germany."

Earlier this year, Giertych got into trouble for publishing anti-Semitic and homophobic tracts bearing the logo of the European Parliament.

He has also argued against evolution, claiming evolution is disproved by the existence of the Loch Ness monster.

Reacting to his latest remarks, former Polish foreign minister and present-day MEP Dariusz Rosati said: "Mr. Giertych is in serious need of medical care."Giertych, 71, is the father of Roman Giertych, Poland's education minister and deputy premier.

Agence France-Presse

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Temmuz 2007, 15:41