Chancellor Angela Merkel: Time to Retire After a Distinguished Career!
Germany is a country I have longed admired. Despite that it initiated two major world wars, it has always risen to the forefront of international finances/politics with an alacrity.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has been the chancellor of Germany for 12 years. Yet today, her constituents are begging her to resign. Her most loyal supporters have been writing her asking her to leave pronto! They correctly accuse her of being old-fashioned despite that she was raised in East Germany and attained a PhD in nuclear physics. As one can imagines this is a distinct academic rarity in Germany as was well as anywhere else –especially America.
Nevertheless, as NY Times Op Ed contributor, Alexander Gorlach, wrote in Jan. 11, 2018:
“To be blunt, she is not much of a vision person…. after 12 years and the unresolved refugee crisis that made the German public crazy, Merkel [Center Right Christian Democratic Union] fatigues setting in!” As a counterpoint to Merkel’s 63-years-of-age is 31-year-old Chancellor of Austria [Germany’s Sister], Sebastian Kurz, a Viennese politician, who rose up the greasy pole of politics to become the youngest Austrian Foreign Minister between 2013 -2017. Next, he opted to become the youngest Chancellor in the history of Austria.
It appears to me that destiny is tapping Merkel on the shoulder to remind her that the millennials want one of their own in her position. Not to belabor the youth aspect, I would remind Merkel that the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, is a mere 40-years-old, having been elected in his late 30’s.
Merkel’s major talent has primarily revolved around that she has been a very successful crisis manager. Unfortunately, Germany requires more from their present day leaders.
“Meanwhile, Germany yearns for a comprehensive approach to migration, a strategy for digitalization, educational reform and a long list of infrastructure upgrades.”
At present, Merkel is politically isolated. Just recently the Social Democrats refused to ally with her in order to form a legitimate ruling alliance. Unfortunately, both the pro-civil liberties Liberals and the ecologically sensitive Greens refused to support her in a coalition.
In effect, she and her CDU party are completely unable to pass any legislation. Her political allies and enemies accuse her and her party of having been totally unprepared for the influx of refugees without any comprehensive program to shelter or take them in any effective way. The “Willkommenskultur”— the ‘welcome culture’ for the incoming refugees totally failed.
The CDU did very badly in the recent elections. The political winds are shifting to Jens Spahn, the 37- year-old leader of the Christian Democrats.
Spahn is openly gay and recently married his male partner in quite a major cosmopolitan fashion. He also complained:
“In order to buy coffee in Germany, we have to speak English.” [NY Times, 1/11/18].
WOW! That’s quite a right-handed backslap!
Karl Marx, the Communist inspired author, warns us of the following:
“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”