Opinion – What’s brewing in Germany?: How to understand Angela Merkel’s comments about America and Britain | Blog – The Economist

This is a brilliant, must-read blog from the Economist, arguing that Angela Merkel comments on America and Britain were aimed at four distinct audiences.

What’s brewing in Germany?: How to understand Angela Merkel’s comments about America and Britain | Blog – The Economist

The four audiences are:

  1. CSU Party, her political allies
  2. Wider German electorate, with a general election on September 24
  3. Rest of Europe, and
  4. America and Britain, which the Economist reports that the German elites are calling ‘Trumpandbrexit’.

Read the article for yourself and decide if you agree that ‘Angela knows best’. For sure, German voters will readily identify with her worldview. (Meanwhile, in the UK, Theresa May is fighting hard to lose the ‘weak and wobbly’ image after her election U-turns)

BUT it’s alarming that German political classes have bundled Trump and Brexit together, almost as the Anglo-Saxon disease. It’s hard to see matters improving quickly. There are three clarification questions:

  1. Will Theresa May win the UK election with a strong majority in parliament and a clear political mandate for her Brexit negotiations?
  2. Will Angela Merkel win power again in the German election and how large will be her majority, assuming that’s she’s again aligned to the CSU?
  3. By the Autumn, will there be increased pressure to impeach Trump on the basis of his team’s pre-election dealings with Russia?

Watch for Russia and China’s intervention over the Summer to seize geopolitical opportunities from a weakened NATO alliance.

Personally, I hope that the Summer will signal a softening in the Trumpandbrexit crisis and a reduced risk of WWIII?


Opinion – Jared under the bed?: Team Trump and the Russians | Blog – The Economist – John Gelmini

Dr Alf is right to be concerned, having a mercurial Trump is one thing but being in a situation where the man’s son in law is effectively running things behind the scenes with Trump’s older daughter at all key meetings as if she was a princess being groomed to be a future Queen is very wrong.

America fought its war of independence to be free of the rule of English kings in 1776, some 241 years ago but now we seem to have a situation in which missile strikes can be ordered by Trump after an ear bending by his daughter,and people can be sidelined, or even fired, on the say so of Jared Kushner.

This wouldn’t matter if we were dealing with a family business but we are dealing with a country that for the moment is the most powerful in the world and what seems to escape everyone is the fact that Trump was elected and his son-in-law and daughter were not.

Trump’s voters irrespective of wealth, or lack of it, voted for Trump not his family and his in-laws.
We who live outside of America want a “Leader of the free world” who can do the job alone without having his strings pulled by Jared Kushner, the Russians, his eldest daughter or anyone else. It is unseemly and dangerous for an US President for this to be the case and frankly what do any of know about Kushner or Trump’s daughter?

As Der Spiegel says with no holds barred and Dr Alf implies, who is the President? It looks like it is Jared Kushner and the power behind the throne Ivanka Trump with “The Donald” as little more than Mr Punch.

The question then is who controls Jared Kushner? Hopefully we will find out soon,and see the impeachment of Trump and his replacement with someone who knows what they are doing. America needs to regain her respect in the world.

John Gelmini