“Die ich rief, die Geister, werd ich nun nicht los.”

“The spirits I called / I cannot now get rid of.” Lines from Goethe’s poem “The Sorceror’s Apprentice” that are frequently used by German commentators to describe political situations. Recently they were used to describe Egyptian President Morsi’s presumed thoughts after meeting with the “somewhat arrogant” Hamas political chief on 19 Nov 2012.

(Dee   ichh   reef,   dee   GUY ster,   verd eh   ichh   noon   nicked   Lowe’s.)

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