Ben Delicious reports from Berlin: You know what I personally don’t like about German Chancellor Angela Merkel? Her dress sense, first of all, which is appalling, and the way people dress is the way they think. And, secondly, the way she always pretends to be busy and active and smack in the middle of it all, especially when you see her at all those summits and top level meetings, when in reality she’s doesn’t know much about anything, like most politicians, and is hopeless when it comes to running the economy.
Anyway, Mrs Merkel, who incidentally was forced into marriage by her own party when she wanted to continue living in sin with her bloke, even when she ran for Chancellor for the first time, blew it during her one and only TV debate with her main opponent at the forthcoming elections in September – three weeks left, in case you’re wondering – Social Democrat leader Peer Steinbruck. Which is no mean feat, as Peter looks like a typical well-fed grey bureaucrat, who could only excite die-hard fans of German politics. And even with that advantage, Mrs Merkel managed to lose.
Mind you, overall the TV debate was so boring that most people were discussing Merkel’s necklace, which she wore on the day that came in the colours of the German flag. As for what she said, it was of no interest really. Same old boring stuff, if you want it straight.
But that’s exactly how Mrs Merkel operates. She bores everyone to death, while doing all the wrong things and causing an even bigger mess. Like when she panicked after the Fukushima disaster in 2010 and closed all the nuclear power plants in Germany, without having anything to offer as an alternative. (Was it her menopause talking?)
But Merkel’s main damage comes from her handling of the Eurozone debt crisis. She was and still is instrumental in fuelling the problem in her desire to keep in place the single currency that allows Germany and the EU to exercise strict control over all the other countries, which suffer from being tied to the euro and unable to develop their own financial policies. In fact, as a result of the debt crisis Germany is now meddling in the financial affairs of other countries in Europe to an extent that even Adolf Hitler could only dream of.
Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy would have already started to solve their problems properly, if they were given the chance to leave the Eurozone, in an orderly fashion, without the vile EU commissars punishing them for their ‘insolence’, and setting the value of their currencies by establishing the rates of interest themselves. Yet, it was Merkel and the unelected bureaucrats from Brussels – incidentally, Belgium is going through a crisis as well and didn’t have a proper government for the past three years – who oppose any changes in the destructive status quo in the Eurozone.
But there’s more. Merkel is directly instrumental in working out the worst possible bailout programme to supposedly ‘tackle’ the Eurozone debt crisis that has seen the debt of the weaker economies grow and austerity hurt the most vulnerable while providing no solutions. In effect, the German Chancellor has contributed to the worsening of the debt crisis, while forcing the weak economies to continue servicing their debts to the big banks, including German ones of course, which charge extortionate rates of interest and help to prolong the vicious cycle.
Yes, things in the Eurozone have not gotten better in real terms ever since the financial crash of 2008. But having been a keen young communist league activist in East Germany, Mrs Merkel has not learned anything about the real economy and how it functions, preferring to milk the benefits for Germany as the biggest economy in the EU that grows not along with the others but at the expense of the others.
That was the whole trick with saddling economies of different sizes and performances with one single currency. It made no sense from day one, but the EU and Germany were bribing lesser developed countries with grants and subsidies, to keep them under control , and eventually it all ended in tears. Merkel was smack in the middle of this operation and she should actually one day answer for that. Along with her friend Jose Manuel Barroso and the rest of the gang in Brussels.
And what about the European Central Bank based in Frankfurt and basically acting as a branch of the German government? Well, it has been flooding the markets with trillions of newly printed euros that benefitted the banks and pretty much no one else. Every time there was an injection of taxpayer’s money into the markets, it obviously rubbed off a bit on the services sector, sending the EU bureaucrats into a wild Satanic dance with scream that the recovery has arrived.
Does Mrs Merkel know about this con? Of course she does. She has been courted by the big banks for a very long time and their interests are always at her heart. For that woman can pretend as much as she wants to be above all things, but one thing is certain: money is not one of them.
Germans, like most Europeans, are easily tricked into voting for leaders who should not have been there in the first place. And having seen Merkel in action for eight years they should have known better. But they will vote for her again, simply because the money men are happy with her. And it’s the money men who decide these days. So she is coming back for another 4 years. And Europe’s suffering will continue, with her massive contribution.