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Germany ponders possible invite

Politicians from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition yesterday openly supported proposals to offer the Egyptian leader, Hosni Mubarak, temporary sanctuary at a luxury clinic in Germany.

Several MPs in Ms Merkel's conservative CDU party said they were broadly in favour of plans, allegedly put forward by Washington, to invite Mr Mubarak to Germany to undergo a health check.

"The German government should send a discreet message to Mubarak telling him that he can come to Germany if he wants," said Elmar Brok, a German conservative MEP. "

If this is a way to bring about peaceful change in Egypt, then it should be done."

His comments were echoed by other politicians. Mrs Merkl refused to be drawn on the matter. (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent