Angela Merkel Isn’t Quite Finished With Her Party Yet

Or with her country, for that matter. But it won’t be much longer.

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Merkel’s Conservatives Mired in Scandal and Incompetence…

The Union has been in turmoil ever since it became known that to conservative lawmakers are thought to have enriched themselves with business deals involving medical protective equipment – at a time when workers across the country were fearful of losing their jobs, when the self-employed were facing ruin and when doctors and nurses were risking their health. Political representatives benefitting from a crisis that has gripped the entire country is not a good look…

A majority of the population, though, might be inclined to overlook such missteps if things were actually working. If people had the feeling that the government was doing its job protecting the population from the virus and ably leading the country through the pandemic. But that is not the case.

Die Union rutscht in einer Umfrage um vier Prozentpunkte ab und hat den positiven Effekt der Corona-Krise wieder verspielt. In der Kanzlerfrage läge Laschet hinter Grünen-Politiker Habeck – aber vor einem anderen direkten Konkurrenten.

There Are Consequences?

Even in Merkel’s Germany?

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I doubt it. It just looks that way at first glance. Nothing ever really changes here.

Impatience at a four-month lockdown and a glacial Covid-19 vaccine rollout have begun to eat away at popular support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservatives months before a general election.

The party suffered a blow on Sunday, recording one of its worst-ever defeats at regional elections in two populous states in Germany’s affluent south, according to preliminary results.

Unhappy?

Who cares? You didn’t vote for me. As a matter of fact, nobody did. Other than non-elected officials like me, that is.

Unhappy

You can’t fire me. And I don’t quit. I’m not a quiter. I’m a loser maybe, but I’ll quit when I decide to, thank you.

Germans unhappy with EU’s handling of vaccine scheme – Roughly half of Germans believe the EU has handled the coronavirus vaccine rollout badly, according to an opinion poll. It comes as separate research finds a majority want an end to the country’s lockdown…

The United Kingdom has given at least one jab to 31% of its population, while Germany has so far at least partially vaccinated 7.63% of its population (that actually means more like 3.5, of course), according to figures compiled by Our World In Data.

That is marginally above the EU average of 7.60 people for every 100.

Would You Place The Largest Opposition Party In Your Country Under Domestic Surveillance?

Would you have the FBI spy on, say, the Democrats? Yeah, I would too. But that’s not the point. The point is, first of all, that this guy down here looks really, really mean.

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The second and more important point is that by placing the largest opposition party in your country under domestic surveillance you are placing a very large percentage of your electorate under suspicion of being, in this case, Nazis. You can do that here in Germany. Coming to your country soon too?

Germany Places Right-Wing Opposition Party Under Domestic Surveillance – Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has put the country’s largest opposition party under surveillance as a potential threat to the country’s constitution, according to public (they mean state TV) broadcaster ARD and other media outlets. The move affects dozens of lawmakers who are in the right-wing Alternative for Germany, or AfD, party.

I can’t shake the feeling that the other political parties – and they are all on the same sheet of music here – don’t welcome competition from other political parties. Especially from those who have already stolen a considerable number of your voters.

“Angela Merkel’s government is trying to stigmatize us and to really put us in the Nazi corner.”

German Of The Day: Erhöhtes Bewusstsein

That means having a higher level of consciousness. You know, like being woke, as in wokeness or wokery?

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Here’s an example: The very divisive president: Joe Biden has unleashed a wave of wokery in his first ten days that will enrage millions – as his supporters in Silicon Valley shut down dissent. Hmmm. Wasn’t Biden the one always proclaiming the need for unity and healing? Maybe I misunderstood what he was getting at.

Biden announced the purchase of an extra 200 million vaccinations. But those were already on the way as part of the contracts negotiated by Trump.

Similarly, the new administration let it be known that the President was planning to invoke a wartime measure – the Defense Production Act – to force companies to increase vaccine supply.

But again, Trump had already done that and industry sources told the New York Times that there was no scope to go any further.

There is a clear pattern that’s already emerging: a massive gulf between President Biden’s words and his actions…

In his first two days in office, Biden issued 17 executive orders, compared to Trump’s one and Obama’s two in the same timeframe.

Biden’s tally is now higher than any President in history at this point in their tenure. Moreover, his orders represent dramatic moves to the Left in major and controversial policy areas such as immigration, the environment and crime.

 

Well, He Was Drunk After All

So, Biden gets sworn in as President while a drunk throws snowballs at the US consulat in Berlin shouting profanities against Trump.

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There is a certain logic to it somewhere. I just haven’t found it yet.

Gleich mehrmals hat ein Betrunkener für Unruhe vor der US-Auslandsvertretung in Berlin-Dahlem gesorgt: Hatte er am Nachmittag noch mit Schneebällen geworfen, flogen in der Nacht Getränkedosen in Richtung der Objektschützer.

“Fuck Trump! Biden will come!”

Germans Fear Trump Supporters Might Storm The Reichstag

I mean, the Bundestag. Some kind of tag. And maybe burn it down or something too. Been there done that, you know?

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That’s why they are increasing police protection there. Looks like up to a dozen more cops or so. Wow. You can never be too careful when it comes to Trump supporters, after all. Here in Germany.

By the way, Trump supporters already stormed the place back in August only they weren’t Trump supporters so there was no moral outrage or hand-wringing concern at that time. Sensibilities can change though, I guess.

Berliner Polizei verstärkt Schutz des Bundestags.

German Of The Day: Reisewarnung

That means travel warning.

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In this case for The Banana Republic of America itself!

Germany issues travel warning for Washington after attack on Capitol – Germans have been told to avoid central Washington, DC, following Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol building. It’s one of several advisories the German Foreign Ministry carries about travel to the United States.

Reisewarnung für die USA wegen militanter Trump-Anhänger.

German Of The Day: Einspruch

That means objection. Or raise an objection. Or lodge an appeal.

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A group of GOP senators led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, say they’ll object Wednesday to the certification of the presidential election results that favored Democrat Joe Biden over President Trump — unless there is an emergency 10-day audit of the results by an electoral commission.

Weitere Republikaner aus dem US-Senat wollen bei der anstehenden Zertifizierung der Präsidentschaftswahlergebnisse im Kongress Einspruch einlegen.

 

German Of The Day: Groß

We spell it gross. That means big. Not gross. You know, our gross, as in “a gross exaggeration?”

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That’s what’s calling Friedrich Merz “Germany’s Donald Trump” certainly is. A “hardline conservative” in Germany is a liberal light in US-Amerika.

But having said that, when I read from our friends over at Politico about “A combative old white man who speaks of gays and pedophiles in the same breath, dismisses gender debates as a waste of time and who can’t stand Angela Merkel could hardly be more out of step with the zeitgeist,” I ask myself, what’s not to like about this guy?