The populist uprisings this past fall may portend a “European Spring” in the new year. The future does not look bright for Angela Merkel and all the other EU-philic political leaders west of the old Iron Curtain.
What will become of Frau Dr. Merkel after the inauguration of Donald Trump next month?
Many thanks to JLH for translating this essay from Geolitico, a classical-liberal magazine of political culture:
Twilight of the Chancellor Since the Advent of Trump
by Wolfgang Prabel
November 18, 2016
Chancellor Merkel will run aground on Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as Erich Honecker did on Gorbachev and Reagan
Frau Dr. Merkel was chosen almost yearly as the most powerful woman in the world by the American stuffed-shirt magazine Forbes. We will forebear to comment, for now, on how that may have gone to her head. What is clear is that Merkel’s power was on loan, as long as she faithfully carried out the orders of the propaganda ministry in Hollywood. For example, destroying Germany’s energy supply, naturalizing limitless numbers of North Africans, and constantly propping up Greece. Merkel was President Obama’s European executor.
If a European head of state refused to follow the Imperial Berlin Chancellery, pressure came from Washington. If there was no European consensus, Merkel went it alone, without consulting her European partners. And so it was for the German energy policy that weighed on all its neighbors, and the grandiosely collapsed Turkey deal.
Allies Hardly Reliable
Nonetheless, an anti-German block formed, encompassing all of East and Southeast Europe. For instance, in the case of the “refugee distribution,” the sinister Dr. Merkel made not an inch of progress. Resistance formed up at first in the Visegrad states of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Czechia. Austria joined in and blocked off the Balkan route in cooperation with Macedonia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Albania. In addition, Poland, the Netherlands and the Czechs are shielding themselves against the German maelstrom. Denmark is guarding its German border, France its Italian border.
The euro rescue operation is over in South Europe. In Portugal and Greece communist regimes are in charge and scornful of any consolidation measures. Italy’s debt has long since passed the point of no return. France and Spain are being infected by the example of the others. The euro has been destroyed by Merkel’s mistaken decision to let Greece continue muddling along in the eurozone. Merkel, meanwhile, is storming against a defensive backfield that forms a soft-euro bulwark.
The UK had already fled via Brexit, before Merkel’s ill-considered policy catastrophe. Only Luxembourg and the mighty US were still reliable allies. And now all that is left is the Grand Duchy. Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, is sitting on his already packed luggage in Brussels, and planning his flight to Berlin, before the storm breaks over him.
Merkel’s Electoral Dilemma
As of January, all of Merkel’s European opponents will be encouraged by Washington. In good German tradition, she will lead a lone battle against the rest of the world from her Führerbunker, tinkering with the moral atom bomb. Sinister German politics will not welcome the fact that the French presidential election will take place shortly after the changing of the guard in America and still before the German parliamentary elections. This is significant, because all recent elections have been angry and fearful reactions to Germany’s kamikaze policy since September, 2015:
Oct. 2015 Lurch to the right in Swiss national elections Oct. 2015 Civic Platform Party voted out, sharp right turn Nov. 2015 Erdogan landslide victory March 2016 Strong move to the right in the Slovakian election March 2016 AfD, good results in three German state parliaments April 2016 Successful anti-European referendum in Netherlands June 2016 Brexit Sept. 2016 AfD outdoes CDU in Mecklenburg-Pommern Sept. 2016 AfD = 14.2% in the German capita Nov. 2016 Election of Donald Trump
All these elections owe their outcomes to the policy of the open barn door. The voters of the world fear nothing so much as the Merkel monster. Why should there be an exception in France? If the French wish to express their gratitude to the CDU and the SPD for the attack on the Bataclan, they will vote for none other than Le Pen.
And on it goes in Germany. There are also elections in the Saarland, in North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein in the first half of 2017, and finally in March in the Netherlands. The projection is that the CDU will lose about a third of its representatives in the 2017 national elections. An election result like 2013 where — much to the CDU’s benefit — over 16% of the votes went to waste because AfD and FDP failed by a hair — will not be repeated.
The CIA Took Note of Everything
The bunker mentality in Berlin-Mitte is like that of 1989. At that time, chief ideologue, Kurt Hager told West German Stern that, in light of “the Soviet decisions on accelerating socio-economic development,” (that was his verbal tapeworm) a change of scenery in East Germany was not necessary. The fight against political correctness can be compared one-for-one with Glasnost. Political correctness raises an impenetrable smoke screen around any unpleasant subjects. If Dr. Merkel thinks that a reversal of course in the face of the predictable American Glasnost and Perestroika in Berlin will not be necessary, she is mistaken. I remember well the inauguration of Ronald Reagan. In 1981. He was derided in writing and speech as Trump is now. The fascist German media presented him as if he were dim, and always on the way to his barber. By the end of his presidency, the Soviet Union had given way, Poland was on the path to democracy, Hungary had been doing as it wished for a long time, and the revolution was imminent in Leipzig, Prague and Bucharest.
Reagan and Gorbachev ruined Honecker’s racket, and Merkel will run aground on Trump and Putin. A self-confident superpower will not be taking lessons in democracy from Dr. Merkel. The foolish remarks of the future German president as well as those of the minister of economics have been noted down in God’s great book and, thanks to comprehensive spying and modern communication technology, the CIA has a duplicate copy.
With Trump comes the twilight of the chancellor.
|1.||Kanzlerdämmerung = a play on Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, rendered into English as The Twilight of the Gods|
|2.||Glasnost and Perestroika — approximately “transparency and reform,” keywords in Gorbachev’s attempt to alter Soviet society.