Feeding the Beast

When Angela Merkel became chancellor of Germany in late 2005, the conservative German newspaper Die Welt admitted that “Nobody knows in what direction she will take the country.”  The liberal Berliner Zeitung was equally ignorant, wondering, “What will she be demanding from us citizens?”  (In Europe, we have “democracies” of the kind in which politicians get elected without anyone knowing what they stand for.)  Labeled “das Mädchen” (“the girl”) by Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schröder, her two predecessors, Merkel had ambition and shrewdness that everyone had clearly underestimated.

Today, thanks to her efforts to hasten the transformation of Europe into the Middle East, it is clear that Merkel, the first woman to hold the highest political office in Berlin—and, for the first half of 2007, the president of the European Union—is steering the Federal Republic of Germany and the rest of “democratic” Europe in a direction the people do not want.

Germany is one of the six founding members of the European Union—the supranational organization that was established exactly half a century ago under the pretext that the economies of France and Germany should be integrated to prevent the two countries from going to war again, as they had three times in the previous century.  Economic policies...

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