What Is Happening In Europe?

Discussion in 'Politics & Government' started by Don Alaska, May 30, 2018.

  1. Patsy Faye

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    Spot on Martin - thank you
    I would rather be governed by 'our' Government, at least we can oust them if they let us down

    @Martin Alonzo
     
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  2. Don Alaska

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    Now I just heard that Chancellor Merkel is stepping down. What will that mean for Germany, the EU, and Brexit? I understand that, despite some public differences, Trump has used Merkel and Germany as his model for government policies. During the Party Convention in December who is the best candidate to takes the reins of the German government? Those of you on the "other side of the pond" so to speak, what is the future?
     
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    Very informative post, @Thomas Stearn , Thank you!
     
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    Only asnot leader of the Government but not her party for another 3 years.

    A puppet will replace her.
     
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  5. Don Alaska

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    I read she has a clone who goes by initials, but there is a guy from the right wing of her party who might contest the office.
     
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  6. Thomas Stearn

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    It's good to have you back, Don.:)
    Will put my two cents in tomorrow. Am tired now after a long day.
     
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  7. Thomas Stearn

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    As Tom said, she is only going to step down as party leader in early December not as chancellor although that is precisely what her opponents within and outside parliament expect of her. She called it "a risk" to remain chancellor without holding the job of the party leader, something she never wanted to do. Yet after those massive losses of her party in recent elections in Bavaria and Hesse, on the one hand, and the spiralling success of the far-right populist party AfD, on the other hand, she just had to show a reaction and that's what she then offered - a compromise. It was a surprise, nonetheless, because she had appeared to be clinging to her posts for some years.
    Now the battle for succeeding her as party leader - who will also stand a good chance of becoming the next head of state in 2021 - has begun. The vote for a new chairperson of the conservative party in December is closely linked to a vote for the political course the party is going to steer. Merkel had moved the center-right party more to the center, to the dismay of many party members and voters. Two of her opponents within the party have thrown their hat in the ring as well as two of her supporters. The question of how long Merkel will be able to hold her office also hinges on which of the four candidates will get elected at December's party convention. If she gets backed up by one of her confidants as party leader (Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer or Armin Laschet), her office might last longer than in a situation where one of her opponents wins the race.
    I doubt that there will be an immediate effect on Brexit negotiations because it's not Merkel who is the chief negotiator nor does Germany have any special interests in them. What may very likely change, though, if one of her opponents within the party (Mr Merz or Mr Spahn) gets elected, is the German stance on migration control. If nothing gets done on that score, the far-right AfD (Alternative for Germany) will grow stronger and stronger as it has been doing for the last three years.
    As for EU policy as a whole, Merkel will gradually become a lame duck. It remains to be seen to what extent she can still partner with Macron and help him with his EU-Agenda project.
    The outcome of the party convention will be decisive. It is difficult to answer the question of who is the best candidate. The participants of the party convention are not the party base. They will take into account that whoever gets elected might be the next German Chancellor, too. All candidates are hardly known within let alone outside Germany. They might get the chance of a road show to introduce themselves to the party base at regional conferences.
    Is Germany ripe for yet another woman leader (Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer - difficult name also for Germans :D)? Can she represent Germany in international talks? Would Armin Laschet (Minister-President of North-Rhine Westphalia) do a good job? Would Putin and other world leaders be capable of ignoring that a German Chancellor had his coming out some years ago (Jens Spahn)? Then there is Friedrich Merz, a dyed-in the-wool conservative, father of three kids, a smart and eloquent lawyer currently working for the US-based global investment management BlackRock Group, member or chairman of countless companies, lobbyist. His main disadvantage is, though, that he's been out of the political arena for almost ten years and is not very popular with the party base. He'd been squeezed out of his office as leader of the parliamentary group by Merkel ten years ago and people suspect that he would basically want to take revenge on her rather than working as someone who can build bridges and does not divide the party further.
    The media are rejoicing at the prospect of a very hot November and December in German politics. It will be interesting.
     
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  8. Don Alaska

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    Thanks for the explanation @Thomas Stearn. I think the person referred to in my article/interview was AKK and was mentioned as a near clone of Merkel. It seems the CDU will have to move somewhat to the right to head off the gains by their opposition. I got the impression that the head of the majority party would become the chancellor, so thanks for clearing that up.
     
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    Exactly right.
    You are welcome.
     
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    I think that this can fit into this thread.
    Switzerland has decided to close their southern borders due to the migrants coming into the country, and all of the damage that they have been causing, and the money they are costing this country.
    Since the border is closed, the hordes of migrants can’t get through the border, and they are setting up their camps just below the border crossing.
    What makes this even more interesting, is that George Clooney has a mansion on the shores of Lake Como, and the migrants are now camping right on the edge of his property, and trashing the area.
    Since Clooney is a liberal who has been speaking up for letting all of the migrants come through and live anywhere they want to live, he now has to discover first hand what it is like to have someone unexpectedly moving onto your property and setting up their home there.

    http://www.uschronicle.com/huge-migrant-camp-erected-near-george-clooneys-mansion/
     
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  11. Patsy Faye

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    Ah yes Yvonne - so easy to preach on the outside looking in, 'now' he's tune may change or - he'll invite them all in !
    @Yvonne Smith
     
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    It's been a couple of years for this story and needs some perspective...
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  13. Tom Galty

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    Thank God us English have 22 miles of water between us and Europe.

    We don't have to build a wall.
     
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