1. Merkel’s election in Germany: kind of a failure
Since 1949, Germany has elected eight chancellors. Six of them were able to advance German interests. Angela Merkel is not one of them. Merkel is not a bad person, but she is failure.
Germany, along with much of Western Europe, has four major domestic problems:
(1) an unsustainable welfare state,
(2) low birth rates,
(3) a large and growing Muslim population that has not assimilated to Western values, and
(4) a cowardly political class that will not even acknowledge that the combination of these problems is destroying Europe from within.
It is not too late for Germany to turn things around. In 1945, Germany’s problems were far worse than today. It was a devastated country. Millions of Germany’s working age men were killed in the war, approximately 20 percent of Germany’s housing was destroyed, and economic output in 1947 was only a third of what it was in 1938.
Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (1949-1963) and his immediate successor Chancellor Ludwig Erhard (1963-1966) created the German “economic miracle” (Wirtschaftswunder) by ending price controls, instituting currency reform, and lowering marginal taxes. In 1948, Erhard replaced the Nazi-era reichsmarks with far fewer deutsche marks.
The tighter monetary policy reduced shortages because the money supply was more in line with the goods available. Erhard believed in the German people. He believed that they would work harder with the right incentives such as lower taxes.
Twenty years after the war, the West German economy was the envy of Europe. The Soviet-dominated East Germans had to build the Berlin Wall because 3 million of their citizens fled to West Germany from 1948 to 1961.
When Adenauer first ran in 1949, it was the first election in Germany after World War II. His opponent, Kurt Schumacher of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), was opposed to West Germany’s entry into NATO, the Council of Europe, the European Coal and Steel Community, and the European Defense Community.
They had their differences, but both of them believed that their ideas served the interests of the German people. Neither one of them would have said, “It doesn’t matter whether the policy benefits Germans or not, it only matters if the policy is politically correct.”
Following Schumacher’s death in 1952, Adenauer praised his political opponent, “Despite our differences, we were united in a common goal, to do everything possible for the benefit and well-being of our people.”
Can anyone say that about Angela Merkel’s refugee policy? In 2015, she allowed 1.1 million refugees into Germany.
On New Year’s Eve 2015-2016, 1,200 women in Germany were assaulted by 2,000 men. These men were predominantly Muslims from North Africa who came to Germany in the last few years.
- These women were raped and/or assaulted because Angela Merkel did not properly vet these people.
- This was preventable. There was already enough data to conclude that some countries have cultures that are more likely to condone rape than other countries.
- As early as 1996, the Swedish National Council on Crime Prevention (BRA) publisheda report that from 1985-1989, Swedish women were 17.5 times more likely to be raped by men from North Africa (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya) than a native-born Swedish male.
- From 1985 to 1989, 77 percent of women raped in Sweden were raped by foreigners. Proper vetting is politically incorrect, but it is necessary.
In certain ways Merkel has known this all along. In 2010, she acknowledged that multiculturalism has “utterly failed.” Yet she also believed that if Germany became anti-immigrant, “Companies will go elsewhere because they won’t find the people to work here anymore.”
In the end, if Germany fails to assimilate its refugees, Germany’s security and demographic problems will only get worse.
Regarding security, the country had a six terrorist attacks in 2016. The first occurred in February 2016, in Hanover, when a teenager named Safia stabbed a police officer on “orders of ISIS.”
On July 19, 2016, Riaz Khan Ahmadzai, a Pakistani asylum-seeker, stabbed five people on a train near Würzburg. He was killed by the police as this terrorist attempted to charge to them with axe reportedly yelling “Allahu Akbar.”
The worst terrorist attack in 2016 was in Berlin. Shortly before Christmas, a Tunisian asylum-seeker, Anis Amri, killed 12 and wounded 48 in a truck bomb.
Beyond security challenges, there are demographic challenges. Even before these refugees arrived, a third of babies born in Germany came from immigrant families. Every year since 1972, the country has had more deaths than births. Immigration was the only reason the population was ever growing. In recent years, even immigration couldn’t curb population decline. From 2000 to 2013, Germany’s population declined from 82.53 million to 81.8 million.
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