jimjam wrote:Angela Merkel, who has said that it is a waste of time to attempt a rational conversation with Trump, was given a standing ovation after her speech at the recently concluded Munich Security Conference by everyone in attendance but Ivanka Trump who remained seated,
Those people are really stupid if they believe Angela Merkel.How Merkel broke the EU
Far from being Europe’s savior, the German chancellor is gradually, if unwittingly, destroying it.
By MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG 6/28/18, 4:00 AM CET Updated 7/2/18, 3:44 PM CET
For whatever one's view of the chancellor and her motives, it's difficult to dispute that she herself divided Europe, pushing the Continent closer to the brink than ever before. One needn't look further than the two major challenges Merkel has faced as chancellor — the eurozone debt crisis and the refugee influx.
Though Merkel now warns against unilateral action, it was her unilateral move in 2015 that landed Europe in the mess it now finds itself, her critics say.
Instead of fostering European unity, the debate over the Merkel-sponsored refugee quotas helped fuel the resurgence of identity politics in countries like Hungary, Austria and Italy. During the U.K. referendum on EU membership in 2016, Brexit campaigners used images of refugees en route to Germany as an example of everything that had gone wrong in Europe.https://www.politico.eu/article/germany ... -refugees/