President Obama tells Germans to “appreciate” Merkel, as Chancellor seeks re-election
It’s official! Merkel will run for a fourth term as German Chancellor. After months of speculations, Chancellor Merkel has announced her decision to lead the Christian Democrats (CDU) in next year’s election. The chief architect of Europe’s open border policy, 62 year old politician has been at the helm of Germany for the last eleven years.
President Obama dropped in to lend a helping hand. On the last leg of his presidency, U.S. President gave Merkel a “glowing endorsement” — to quote London-based Financial Times — as he toured Germany last week. Obama asked Germans to “appreciate” Merkel.
“If I were here and I were German, and I had a vote, I might support her,” Obama told reporters in Berlin.
German voters won’t be hitting the polling stations any time before August 2017, but Merkel’s coronation by the media has already begun.
UK-based newspaper Guardian asked, “Can anything stop Merkel winning a fourth term as chancellor?” Well, how about her historic low approval rating? Considering the outcome of next year’s election a foregone conclusion, Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail published a (non-satirical) editorial titled, “We’re glad Ms. Merkel’s staying for another term.” Encouraged by its brilliant analysis of the U.S. presidential election, CNBC didn’t want to hold back its prophetic forecasts for Germany and confidently proclaimed, “Germany’s Merkel set to win fourth term in a messy election.”
With media punditry in unison, what could possibly go wrong for Merkel?
Germany’s state-run broadcaster DW News reported the announcement of Merkel’s re-election bid:
Addressing the media from a platform with the word “The Center” (Die Mitte) written on it in Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party colors, Merkel said on Sunday evening that her decision to stand was not a trivial one, for the country or for herself.
She said her motivation was based on serving Germany and in using her talents for that purpose.
“I told the CDU that I was ready to stand again,” she said. “This election will be even more difficult than those we have had before as we are facing a strong polarisation” in the community.
After losing the White House to the Republican candidate Donald Trump, liberals are pinning all their hopes on Germany’s Angela Merkel. Newly ‘orphaned’ American Left — authoritarian in its essence — is frantically looking for a new leader to rally around. Not willing to settle down with a Trump presidency, liberal media has started calling Merkel the “Leader of the Free World.”
Liberal elites and the mainstream media are refusing to learn from the outcome of the U.S. election. The arrogance that lead to the disastrous misreading of public mood in the United States, is back on full display as media establishment covers upcoming European elections.
“Patriotic Spring” that began earlier this year with the Brexit vote, has now given rise to formidable popular movements throughout the Western World. With both Germany and France heading for election next year, we could well be seeing the biggest popular-democratic uprising in the world since the falls of Soviet Communism and Eastern Bloc almost 25 years ago.
VIDEO: President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel address joint press conference on Thursday:
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