Divisions resurface as Germany fetes Marx on 200th birth anniversary

Divisions resurface as Germany fetes Marx on 200th birth anniversary

Divisions resurface as Germany fetes Marx on 200th birth anniversary

"In Germany, we have this situation again and again with hard, complex personalities of history - we want to hide them in the woods", he said.

Marx was born on 5 May 1818 in the western German city, located close to the border with Luxembourg, and developed his theories as the Industrial Revolution gathered pace.

While some see it as recognition of Trier's most famous son, others argue that accepting the gift from China is not compatible with criticising human rights abuses there.

"In Germany, we have this situation again and again with hard, complex personalities of history - we want to hide them in the woods", Reuters quoted Leibe as saying.

Chinese President Xi Jinping loves German uber-socialist Karl Marx, or at least loves the latter's ideas, and the leader of the world's second-largest economy is not afraid to declare his admiration.

The very first edition of Communist Manifesto in 1848, and a Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, which supposedly inspired Marx for writing Das Kapital, were exhibited in the Karl Marx House for the first time. But we want to show him as a person in his time, as well as show where he may have gone wrong.

But the very big statue gifted by Beijing has sparked accusations of a city seeking to capitalise on Chinese tourists or investments. "We are glad to receive this present, this gesture of friendship". "We are not susceptible to blackmail", he told AFP. "It can simply be cleaned up".

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, during a Thursday speech honoring the Marx anniversary, noted that the writer was "one of the great German thinkers" but alluded to the latter's often contradictory statements and "rigid" thinking.

"We should neither be afraid of Marx nor build gold statues of him".

In a short re-opening ceremony on Saturday morning at the Brueckenstrasse 10 of Trier, where the House is located, Frederique Longuet-Marx, the philosopher's great-great granddaughter, was invited to return to the birthplace of her ancestor.

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