Storm over ‘pride in WW2 soldiers’ remarks in Germany

A candidate of Germany’s right-wing nationalist party has said the country should “be proud of” its soldiers in both world wars and people should no longer “reproach” Germans for World War Two.

Alexander Gauland’s words have been met with some scorn. What pride are Germans likely to muster for the Wehrmacht?

Germany is “very devoted to a discussion of its past”, Andrew Cohen, a Canadian journalist and professor, tells the BBC.

“I have not seen a country anywhere that is as committed to a frank and painful discussion of its history as Germany is.”