Mr. Greg Fassbender in his letter of Nov. 12 ("Germany learns lesson, now rejects socialism") said Germany is not a socialist country. I agree. Germany is a democratic socialist country, not a socialist country.
He refers to the GDR (East Germany) as a socialist country, which I consider a communist country, not a true socialist country, which as Mr. Fassbender pointed out, ceased to exist in 1989.
Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union Party in Germany, as Mr. Fassbender stated, received 40-plus percent of the vote (actually 41,5 percent in 2013). But Mr. Fassbender left out the fact that since the CDU party did not have a full majority in Parliament, they had to form a coalition government with the Social Democratic Party, which is a member of the Party of European Socialists and the Socialist International, despite the fact that "(In 1959) the party evolved from a socialist working-class party to a modern social-democratic party working within capitalism." (Source-Wikipedia: Social Democratic Party of Germany)
Mr. Fassbender is critical of socialism. I am, too. But for some Americans their hatred and fear of communism is so great it has prevented them from seeing the differences between communism, socialism and democratic socialism.