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Angela Merkel's Exit Is Bad News for Europe

With toxic nationalism making a comeback, Germany was supposed to be the one keeping things together.

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It's been a bad year for the world's most powerful woman and the heir apparent to the "leader of the free world" throne. Over the weekend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) earned another in a series of disappointing results at state-level elections, with both left and far-right parties picking up ground. Hours later, and after months of infighting within her government, Merkel told Germans what they already knew: that she was done.

Technically, she remains chancellor until her term ends in 2021. But barely able to keep her government together, she might as well resign sooner. This transition marks the end of a peaceful era and is a harbinger of great uncertainty for Germany, Europe, and the world.

Merkel's political demise began in 2015 with her fateful decision to open the country to a massive influx of refugees fleeing violence in the Middle East. That move set off a far-right backlash which she was never able to fully beat back.

By 2017, the chancellor was clinging to power mostly as a symbol of bygone stability. In that year's federal election, voters gave her and her party one last shot at governing. Less than two years later, Merkel begins her long goodbye after 13 years as head of state—and she will pass to her successor an even more divided nation.

On paper, Germany is doing well, especially compared to its European neighbors. It has not yet had to contend with a populist or nationalist takeover of its system like what's happened in Italy and Hungary. But German politics has not been immune to recent ills, and voters here seem increasingly dissatisfied with political centrism. Since 2015, electoral support for small, nonestablishment parties has risen dramatically.

Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has seen the greatest gains. Rising to prominence in three short years, it has snatched voters from the center-right but also from the working class left by pushing an anti-immigration agenda. It is the first time a far-right party has had representation at the national level and in all regional parliaments since the end of World War II.

Meanwhile, Germany's center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD)—Merkel's reliable governing partner for years—is now polling behind the AfD. Many of its dissatisfied voters, demanding a stronger stance against the right, have flocked to the left-wing Green Party.

Polls conducted this month show that the centrist CDU/SPD coalition government now enjoys the approval of just 39 percent of citizens. What we have is a divided Germany. It may be stable in comparison to other countries in Europe but not to its own postwar political past.

Merkel's exit comes at an already frenetic time for Europe. Brexit negotiations are at a fever pitch, with the divorce deadline of March 2019 approaching. The E.U. may be on a collision course with Italy over the new prime minister's insistence on increasing government spending, even as fears mount that an Italian debt crisis could be in the works. A standoff between Poland and Hungary over national sovereignty in immigration law continues unabated.

France and Germany have long promoted the core E.U. values of integration, freedom of movement, and economic unity in a world that is trending against them. But to do this, both countries have to be politically strong and unified at home. If Merkel is a lame duck domestically, she is also a lame duck in Europe. Moreover, she has no clear successor, and it remains unclear whether any politician can fill her once large shoes.

Some say Merkel's exit could be a lifeline allowing the CDU and SPD to start fresh with voters. But that is a best-case scenario more than a reliable prediction. For the first time in decades, no one really knows what might be next for the country.

At a moment when toxic nationalism that many of us thought was relegated to the past seems to be making a comeback, Germany has been the last hope for keeping things together. For voters here to be flirting with the fringes is worrying indeed.

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  1. (Gets popcorn)

  2. Angela Merkel’s Exit Is Bad News for Europe

    I’ve been following European politics much more closely these last two or three years. From my read (and people who make it their business to read this stuff), Merkel’s exit was a long time coming, and a result of what happens when you thumb your nose at your constituents. Honestly, I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner.

    1. I have a business in Germany where I spend about half of the year. Your information is accurate, Merkel continually ignored and then belittled her critics and opposition, until they unified (they do not all want immigration restrictions, some are simply pro-business for example) and obsoleted her.

    2. Libertarians for executives ignoring the will of the voters.

      1. If the will of the voters is to punish pro-immigration politicians, then damn right those voters should be ignored.

        1. +1 revolution, Comrade OBL!

        2. Can’t allow those pesky voters to make their own choices. They might choose wrong, and then where would be, eh comrade?

      2. To be fair, I am frequently anti-democratic. Just not pro-executive.

    3. I’m just surprised, and disappointed, that Theresa May’s opposition haven’t managed to force a vote of no confidence yet. She is hard at work turning Brexit into a complete joke, and nobody is stopping her.

    4. “Angela Merkel’s Exit Is Bad News for Europe”

      In what world is that true?

      Ohhh, delusional Cosmotarian world. Yeah, no. It is the BEST thing for Europe. This woman could have prevented destroying Europe via mass migration if she had had any sense. Her getting the boot, and hopefully being replaced by a sane person, is the best possible outcome. If America goes down, but Germany or the UK get back on track, GOD FORBID I might even consider moving there some day. If they fixed their horrible gun laws, I might be able to put up with the rest of their nonsense to live in a stable country that won’t be falling apart due to ethnic tensions.

  3. …the heir apparent to the “leader of the free world” throne.

    Can’t tell if serious.

    1. Well they do say “heir apparent”, and she has been called that by people who were technically serious. Merkel was just called that by people whose idea of the leader of the free world is “does what I want”.

    2. This transition marks the end of a peaceful era and is a harbinger of great uncertainty for Germany, Europe, and the world.
      In other words, waaay too much power and influence was granted to one person.

  4. “Jenipher”

    RUFKM? LOLOLO

    “Angela Merkel’s Exit Is Bad News for Europe”

    So your name is stupid AND you make dumbass declarations.

    1. Making fun of people’s names is really immature and often racist.

      1. Even better.

      2. Nigga, please……

      3. Only really weak people let a word like racism control them.

      4. Only really weak people let a word like racism control them.

    2. Nothing causes haughty decision like having spell a typically common name an entirely unexpected way.

      1. Derision. Fucking iPhone thinks it is smarter.

        Still miss my Windows phone. **sigh**

      2. It looks like it’s just a Scandanavian spelling.

        1. Nope, it’s a stupid spelling and whatever source you found that said it was scandi is an idiot and wrong. Jenipher isn’t even a scandi name.

        2. And now that you mention it, “ph” is a borrowed digraph, so it is defintiely not scandi.

          1. Where did PH come from?
            The Romans. They translated Greek phi (?) as “ph” and pronounced it closer to “p” than “f”. Native Latin words were spelled with the “f”. Ironically, a lot of Latin p-words became f-words (e.g., pedis became “foot”).

          2. Yeah, looking deeper into it, it looks like it’s only listed as Scandanavian due to the only incidences of it coming from Sweden. With this other site (No idea how authoritative it is, but let’s roll with it for the sake of conversation) listing it as a “creative spelling” with a sum total of 4 people recorded as having it as a first name. So, it looks like the first site a saw maybe oversold that origin.

            1. This is, frankly, more thourough analysis than a silly spelling deserves.

              However, I’ll leave this here for further discussion

              From Ny Post

              “Your baby’s unique name might ruin its life
              By Shannon Molloy, News.com.au

              May 12, 2017 | 2:15pm

              There’s not much chance the United States will ever see a president whose name is Mercedes, Diezel or Spontaniouse.

              Research suggests giving your baby a non-traditional name can seal its fate from the get-go, limiting future employment and social prospects.”

              1. Dude — Obama? I would like to agree with you but…

      3. Oh yeah? See who? signed Phred

  5. In a democratic form of government, when you try to go further than the people want they will eventually make you stop.

    For all the complaints of there not being much difference between the two parties in this country, lamenting the pullback of an arrogant political monoculture in Europe seems a bit odd.

  6. Bad news for Europe? Europe will still be cursing Angela Merkel long after Adolf Hitler is a forgotten man.

    1. I fear you may be correct. What’s coming in Europe is going to be truly horrific.

    2. So now we have to post “literally Merkel” instead?

      1. And will the first person who mentions “Merkel” automatically lose the argument?

        1. Merkel… Hitler… Mitler…. Bette mittler. Oh my god. It all makes sense now.

    3. Yup. The current crop running the EU have literally sewn the seeds for completely destroying European civilization. I hope they all die a slow, painful death… Because they deserve it for the havoc they have brought on that continent.

  7. The biggest gainer in recent elections is the Green Party, which is the most anti-nationalist party. The Green Party is only left-wing on social and environmental issues; it is otherwise relatively moderate, often coalitions with Merkel’s party, and many people place it to the right of the Social Drmocrats. The Green Party’s rise is a sign of stability and that the narrative of a nationalist takeover is incomplete?there are also many voters opposed to nationalism.

    1. “The biggest gainer in recent elections is the Green Party, which is the most anti-nationalist party. ”

      The way I understand it, that is because they were an alternative to people exiting Merkel’s party. As a coalition, the numbers haven’t really gotten better for anti-nationalists, they just shuffled the deck chairs around.

  8. I’m still devastated the US didn’t get the woman leader we deserved in Hillary Clinton. Still, I appreciate that Merkel has proven to the world the clear benefits of electing women, who I learned in college are more compassionate and less belligerent than men, and therefore make superior politicians.

    Merkel’s political demise began in 2015 with her fateful decision to open the country to a massive influx of refugees fleeing violence in the Middle East. That move set off a far-right backlash which she was never able to fully beat back.

    It’s tragic that she’s being punished politically for doing the correct, humane thing. As any Reason or Cato study will confirm, immigration is an inherently good thing with no drawbacks whatsoever. But those clueless far-right Germans don’t even realize that by voting against immigration, they’re voting against their own self-interest. We see a similar phenomenon in the US with the rise of Orange Hitler and his white nationalist base.

    #OpenBordersForGermany
    #LibertariansAgainstToxicNationalism
    #ElectWomen

    1. On your game I see….

    2. I concur with your estimation of female leaders. That’s why we should all strive for Margaret Thatcher across the board.

      1. Ugh, of course I didn’t mean THAT kind of woman leader.

    3. “the woman leader we deserved”

      Well if we had voted her in, we’d definitely deserve her

      1. Hillary Clinton beat Drumpf by 3 million votes, despite Drumpf having all the most important advantages ? Russian hacking, the Comey letter, and a biased media.

        #StillWithHer
        #NotMyPresident

    4. You might want to look at the number of wars, and the casualty lists from those wars, before and after women got the vote – – – – –

    5. We didn’t deserve Hillary. We’re not THAT bad.

    6. You gotta love that the “no drawbacks” thing is SO TRUE that many countries in Europe have stopped collecting the ethnicity of criminals for rape and other serious crimes because they don’t want to appear “racist” against all their new Arab and African brothers!

  9. “With toxic nationalism making a comeback, Germany was supposed to be the one keeping things together.”

    In other threads, we’ve been talking about enumerated powers, particularly the power to set the uniform rules of naturalization in response to Trump’s latest provocation. Regardless of how you feel about what setting those rules entails in the U.S. Constitution, there is a much bigger argument to make, here, about the appropriate purview of democracy.

    Our Constitution does an excellent job of making it clear that some things should not be subject to popularity contests. Perhaps the most important part of the First Amendment is the part that starts, “Congress shall make no law . . . ” That is a clear indication that religious convictions, freedom of conscience, the right to say unpopular things, etc., that these are all outside the proper purview of democracy. A society in which people don’t need political leaders with their own religious beliefs in order to have those religious beliefs respected is a more cohesive society. Anybody with doubts about that need only look at the Thirty Years War or Syria under ISIS.

    1. In other areas, democracy unites us rather than divides us. Governments imposing wars on an unwilling population breeds contempt and rebellion, and imposing taxes without democracy does the same thing. That’s why these issues are enumerated specifically to Congress in the Constitution. I would argue that the government imposing an unpopular immigration policy on people also breeds contempt and rebellion–cross-culturally and throughout history.

      The reason people in Germany and elsewhere have turned to right-wing anti-immigration parties isn’t that they’ve suddenly become fascist. It’s because Merkel ignored the lack of popular support for her immigration policies and effectively imposed them on the German people over their objections. The thing to take from this is not that people should be chastised for wanting their say in immigration policy. The thing to take from this is that there is a terrible price to pay for ignoring the proper purview of democracy and imposing an unpopular immigration policy on people over their objections and against their will.

      1. It’s because Merkel ignored the lack of popular support for her immigration policies and effectively imposed them on the German people over their objections.

        It’s worse than that. She imposed those policies on Europe as a whole. Merkel essentially set immigration policy for all of Europe because the EU allows free movement once you’re inside the EU zone.

        1. I don’t quite understand the absolute appeal of the EU. I can certainly understand advantages people might derive from it, even if I disagree with a lot of centralization I understand why people argue for it. But people treat it as a life or death thing oftentimes. Like Brexit, or the idea of the US leaving the United Nations. Many people seem to treat being a part of these international organizations as almost a moral good.

          1. I don’t quite understand the absolute appeal of the EU.

            A United States of Europe doesn’t sound bad on paper. But in practice it’s been a corrupt mess and has only led to corruption and anti-democratic principles.

            You take a bunch of European Countries, each with its own unique language and culture– trying to get everyone on board with that has got to be like herding cats.

            There are definitely some good things that came from it. A unified currency, the free movement across EU member nation borders*. But the way it’s been run has been an absolute travesty.

            *These things may not be good things to all people.

            1. It’s more the means. Certainly working together is a fine thing. But the means of doing it through enforcing a centralized government is questionable to me. I question that with the USA even, and believe strongly that power should be diffused throughout. And this is in the USA that has a somewhat more uniform cultural background than Europe, as you mentioned.

              My big question though is the almost religious fervor that I see people have for the idea. I see people act as if Brexit, disregarding any possible policy questions, to be inherently a bad idea. Not because Britain will fuck itself in some way, but because the EU is something to be desperately preserved in of itself.

              1. And without the EU, Britain “can’t survive”.

      2. So it turns out that the German people really don’t want to become Germanistan after all. Who would have guessed it. Merkel’s fall proves that there are limits to the electorate’s compassion. It also proves that people in countries that remember the last experience of German domination aren’t willing to allow Merkel or the EU to ram an alien culture down their throats.

        1. One hopes they set a precedent and force the Islamic hordes out of their country.

  10. Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has seen the greatest gains. Rising to prominence in three short years, it has snatched voters from the center-right but also from the working class left by pushing an anti-immigration agenda. It is the first time a far-right party has had representation at the national level and in all regional parliaments since the end of World War II.

    When you continuously and steadfastly ignore the grumblings from your people for a long enough period of time, your people become angry and lash out. This often brings the worst kinds of politics to the fore. Again, Trump is a symptom of what’s been going on in America, and I dare say the AfD is a symptom as well, and you ignore it at your peril.

  11. Libertarians for unaccountable central government with arbitrary rules imposed on people.

  12. Whatever rise in national politics in Europe that actually exists can be reasonably connected to Merkel’s irresponsible policies. Seeing her gone should be a good thing as some reversal of her policies may alleviate some of the tempest brewing over there.

  13. What we have is a divided Germany. It may be stable in comparison to other countries in Europe but not to its own postwar political past.

    WWII ended 73 years ago. That is going on four score. Is it reasonable to expect Germany to live under the ghosts of Nazism eternally? From visiting with friends in Germany this seems to be an expectation, that they simply had to take in the massive number of refugees “because Germany.” I also sensed that many were fed up with this as they don’t even known anyone who was an actual Nazi. If Germany is a divided country then Merkel brought this on them.

    1. Considering this is the same Germany that got pissed off by reparations of another kind after a world war…

    2. Guilt tripping people forever is a nonsense idea. I mean seriously, at best you can bitch at the people who actually did stuff… After that it’s a bullshit thing. I am not responsible for slavery, just as somebody my age in Germany isn’t responsible for WWII. I am OVER allowing myself to be guilt tripped, and many other Americans feel the same… I hope all of Germany feels this way soon too.

  14. What the fuck is this drivel?

    1. We’re all going to hell in a bucket and it’s because you awful people don’t share my opinion on immigration and persuasion within the context of democracy is presumed to be unpossible.

      How’s that for a summary? Did I miss anything important?

      1. You forgot the lecture on how Muslims are just like Europeans. Any resistance by the Europeans tribes living on their land for thousands of years to being overrun by Muslims is racists and terrible. Remembering that those same Eastern Europeans fought against Muslims military invasion for a millennium is also racist, Those Arabs and North Africans will all be normal Swedes, Germans, and Belgians in no time. Noticing gang rapes, crime, unemployment and the rest is also racist.

        1. That about covers it!

          Despite the fact that history shows that multicultural societies are ALWAYS a powder keg, that eventually erupts into violence… Somehow THIS TIME will be different! Kinda sounds like the same argument they use for communism…

    2. I don’t know. Something European.

    3. Well, she did used to work for Bob Menendez… I think some of the sliminess stuck to her.

      1. * unzips * go on…

        1. think sewage slimy, not jello fight slimy

  15. Destroying coal and nuclear power industries for green votes was unforgivable.

    1. “She’s trying to save the world from bigoted, backwater, retrogrades such as yourself. Maybe the left-behind troglodytes in the failing corners of Jesusland should just open wide and get ready for more.”

      -the Rev

      1. That was a little to coherent and topical for a Kirkland rant.

  16. “Toxic nationalism” is a strange way of saying “values matter”.

    Moral Relativism is failing as an ideology. That’s actually a proof of the merits of libertarianism – what value is there in freedom if it doesn’t matter what you do?

    1. It’s toxic that Hungarians want to live among other Hungarians and Poles want to live with other Poles in Poland.

      1. Yeah, because it’s not like those poor bastards have had to literally fight and die for countless centuries against foreign oppressors trying to destroy their people and cultures… Both other European powers, and Muslims in the case of the Hungarians.

        All that was pointless you know! They should have just let the Muslims roll in centuries ago, I’m sure Europe would have turned out AWESOME if it had been taken over by the Ottomans! I mean where people are from, and their cultural values don’t matter at all right? So why not correct this horrible mistake from the past, and let the Muslims flood in and outnumber them in their own homelands now!

  17. “Another large tub of popcorn please – give me the Heart Attack Special.”

  18. Merkel exiting is the best news for Europe since Hitler was defeated.

  19. It’s amusing how obviously biased the author is. The Right is characterized as the “far Right” whereas the Left is the “Center Left” or just “Left wing”. It’s “toxic nationalism” instead of just nationalism.

    1. Yeah, so I checked her linkedin out. Turns out she used to work for Bob Menendez, the corrupt asshat in NJ. I thought Reason had hiring standards.

      1. Quite. Reason has happily shifted left despite their efforts to appear unbiased, much like the MSM.

        Next stop: the Rev as editor-in-chief.

      2. They do. You’re looking at their standards

        1. Yep, Welchie Boy’s standards are lefties, lefties, and more lefties.

          It’s good to see that more and more people are starting to figure out what complete frauds these guys are.

      3. Hole Lee Shit.

        Their mask has fallen right off.

    2. It’s the same for the media in general. When does CNN ever say “The Left”, never mind “Far Left”? They don’t, because relative to them, anyone who’s not way out in Left field is, by definition, “Extreme Right.”

      1. Media stops are where leftist campaigns park there people in non election times.

  20. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU)

    This is perplexing. The level of acclaim she’s received from those on the left has been tremendous, even overpowering others who are supposedly more left-aligned. What is it that makes her even center-right?

    1. What’s is it that makes her even center-right?

      She believes in having some form of capitalism, albeit a very confined one.

      I think that’s about it.

      1. So she says the word?

  21. You know who else’s exit was “bad news” for Europe?

      1. Not the Ottoman Empire either…

    1. Mine when I took off from Schiphol Airport in June?

  22. That move set off a far-right backlash which she was never able to fully beat back.

    No, if that had been the case, she’d have been fine. What it did set off was a centrist backlash, which only the far-right was going to take advantage of, because the other parties all would have done roughly the same thing

    1. Nope, you’re waaay off base. The newly-hired and totally unbiased Reason columnist Mexican Jennifer assures you it’s the FAR R1GHT!!! and NEVER the consequence of going full prog.

      1. JenniPHer bro. Don’t let her off the hook with a normal spelling.

  23. The CDP, and in particular Merkel’s leadership of it, and of that metastatizing and unaccountable superstate-bureacracy known as the EU, embodies a centrist-technocrat ideology that bears absolutely no resemblance to libertarianism–and, in fact, competes with more “friendly” varieties of conservatism (there could scarcely be any less friendly) for space on the political spectrum.

    The AfD, on the other hand, while deeply flawed, does have a libertarian heritage. Characterizing it as “right wing” is a convenient way for its enemies and the simpleton press to capitalize on the ambiguity of that term. Think about the other games they play with the labels for various groups before taking their word for anything.

    The biggest reason to mourn Merkel’s departure is that her party and ideology was greatly handicapped with her increasingly loathed person as a millstone ’round its neck. This may give it a new lease on life, a reprieve.

    I see no reason that we should bear any sense of common cause, cooperation, or brotherhood with the various centrist-technocrat types who have taken to characterizing themselves as the international guardians of “liberal democratic values” against the “populists” or “nationalists,” labels that they deploy like voodoo incantations. Next we will be reading that we should applaud the entry of Mike Bloomberg into the 2020 race. Just watch. That is how ridiculous this piece is.

  24. Notice that Germany’s flood of refugees was government-sponsored refugees, just another coercive collectivist solution. Refugees would not have come to Germany in such a flood otherwise; it would have depended on individual refugees finding their own way, or voluntary groups and people sponsoring refugees on their own.

    But the xenophobes will cite this as proof that all immigrants are evil and dangerous.

    What’s funny is that just as all dictators go out of their way to pass laws to do their will, instead of just ruling by direct force, so do all closet collectivists look for sham causes with which to disguise their collectivist bent. Very few xenophobes will even admit to themselves that they hate immigrants. They have to find all sorts of principals to hide the principles they know are abhorrent.

    It’s universal.

    1. “all closet collectivists look for sham causes with which to disguise their collectivist bent. ”

      Go see a priest bro, this isn’t a confessional.

      1. Tulpa, mini-me of the non-sequitors, wants me to join a collective.

    2. Xenophilia is just as damaging as xenophobia. The minute the gubmint decides by dictat what society’s melanin levels shalt be, the natural existence of the “public” is thrown out of stasis and becomes simply “an experiment”.

      Immigration needs to be natural and driven by market conditions, not by agenda, nor by encouragement, one way or the other.

      1. But even then, does a society have ZERO say in who they live along side? If 90% of the population in a given nation doesn’t want a bunch of foreigners, with foreign ideas of how to live life moving in… How is that a problem?

        Nobody is owed the right to live where they want. I want to live in Beverly Hills, but I can’t unless I can meet the criteria to do so. If a nation is to allow immigrants in, there is nothing wrong with only wanting to let in certain types of immigrants to maintain a society the current citizens want.

        Ignoring the fact that people ALL prefer people similar to themselves is a HORRIBLE blind spot libertarianism has. That is a CENTRAL part of human nature that will never change. I prefer traditional American culture, as do most Americans. Most Germans prefer German culture. Forcing an immigration scheme on people that WILL take that away is fucked, and in a world where Europeans are a tiny minority, open borders would 100% do this for sure.

        Germans deserve to be able to maintain Germany as a German country!

  25. Good riddance to the world’s ugliest potato sack – lookin’ hausfrau. Go stuff some sausages or something, lady!

  26. Bad news for Europe? It must be true because the millennial says so. Study up on history jenipher.

  27. Bad news for Europe? It must be true because the millennial says so. Study up on history jenipher.

  28. Bad news for Europe? It must be true because the millennial says so. Study up on history jenipher.

  29. Bad news for Europe? It must be true because the millennial says so. Study up on history jenipher.

  30. “… the end of a peaceful era” I think that ended before now, when governments decided to abandon their own citizens in favor of a new electorate drawn from the second- and third world.

    “…has not been immune to recent ills” Like rape gangs? Yes, Germany has been a leader in importing them.

    “toxic nationalism” What other kind is there, eh?

  31. :Reason has happily shifted left”

    Conquest’s second law: Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.

  32. What exactly is the purpose served by associating this article with Reason?

    Many libertarians are for free immigration in response to free market conditions. So libertarians should be sad about anti-libertarian welfare-state-big-business-capitalist politician leaving power because her policies have created a backlash against tax-financed social disruption? The author is not even sympathetic to Free Minds and Free Markets, and has not even attempted to connect this issue with libertarian ideas. Just “Muh immigration”.

    1. “The author is not even sympathetic to Free Minds and Free Markets, and has not even attempted to connect this issue with libertarian ideas.”
      She used to work for Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, I imagine she doesn’t even have the foggiest idea what the term “libertarian” means, and would be horrified if she knew.
      Reason is slowly lining itself up with other DNC party organs like WaPo and the NYT. I’m just waiting for a Gillespie article calling for more food cart and hairdresser regulations and a deplatforming of the NRA.

      1. I was going to point out that she was a Democratic party hack, but that sounds so much like an ad hominem act rather than just a shorthand for criticizing her ideas. So I decided delete that sentence.

      2. It’s not even that slow of a process! It started the moment that Welchie Boy showed up around the 2008 timeframe and has been rapidly moving in that direction the entire time.

  33. Au contraire. Merkel, and her likes, are exactly what people are discontent with. Replace them with new faces and new ideas, and the AfD-surge (if you can call their ~10% success a surge) will eventually stop.

  34. It is the first time a far-right party has had representation at the national level and in all regional parliaments since the end of World War II.

    You owe the AfD and the right an apology. Nazis were only and always a movement of the Left, not the Right. D’Souza’s book The Big Lie is a scholarly proof of this.

  35. She is the one that is toxic to her country.

  36. Bad news because who will roll out the red carpet for invading hordes?

  37. Curtesy of Andrew Withers:

    Europe is not a country Reason, Angela Merkel is not the President of Europe.

    The second largest economy the United Kingdom will leave the EU in under six months. Italy has had its budget rejected by the EU and could leave the Eurozone after November 13th, Poland and Hungary are under sanctions by Brussels , Greece and Poland are seeking damages from Germany for World War 2 .
    Everybody appears to be labelled ‘far right’ who opposes the EU. This suggests that ‘Reason’ has been polluted with out and out socialists.

  38. I blame Merkel for many of the current EU problems. That and the fact that the EU has a collectivist, protectionist, centralised agenda. The fact that they have been unable to sign off the annual accounts for the last 20 years with billions unaccounted for and total arrogance. No wonder so many are now anti EU.

  39. The EU was a horrible idea from the get go. Forcing disparate nations with completely different cultures, finances, etc to all tow the same line was never going to work. The only way it could work, even for awhile, is with a jack boot forcing it on everybody. The sooner it collapses the better.

    As for Germany, I hope they get some politicians who actually care about Germany, and not trash like this moron. If Europe really does allow itself to become minority European, which is where many countries will be in just a couple decades if current trends continue… It will be a sad day for the world. And probably a bloodbath in the future when Europeans get tired of it, and go all pogrom style to throw the invaders out.

    Bad idea all around.

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