Marx and Engels in Neue Rheinische Zeitung November 1848

Manteuffel and the Central Authority

Source: MECW Volume 8, p. 65;
Written: on November 24, 1848;
First published: in Neue Rheinische Zeitung No. 153, November 26, 1848.

Cologne, November 24. The Minister Manteuffel declared yesterday to the imperial commissioners at present in Berlin that the Prussian Government would not submit to the decision of the Frankfurt Assembly to form a popular Ministry [74] because this was an internal matter.

Hence Manteuffel agrees with us that the decision of the Frankfurt Assembly on the refusal to pay taxes is also null and void, because it concerns only an internal matter.

It is possible, of course, that the Brandenburg-Manteuffel Ministry will help to convert the Rhine Province into an external matter for Prussia.