Once-proud Germany is a country being led astray by arguably her worst ever peacetime leader - Angela Merkel. This globalist, who gives a great impression of despising her own nation, is currently fighting to keep her job. In 2015 during the height of the migrant crisis, she opened Germany’s borders and allowed practically unlimited immigration. Over 1 million migrants entered the country and caused a surge in crime; a fact which has left large swathes of both the German and broader European electorate fatigued, not to mention scores of women raped and assaulted.
In response, the populist AfD (Alternative for Germany) party has been rising in the polls for years, though ironically the most significant of Merkel’s problems actually comes from her own allies. Her political existence up until this point has depended on a tense alliance between her own CDU (Christian Democratic Union) party and the Bavarian CSU (Christian Social Union) party. The CSU is more conservative than Merkel’s CDU, and the migrant crisis has exposed a slowly-widening ideological gulf between the two parties.
The key player in all of this is Horst Seehofer, who threatened to resign as both Merkel’s interior minister and as head of the CSU party following months of turmoil.
Horst Seehofer recently canceled his participation at an integration summit hosted by Merkel, and instead decided to visit the Austrian Chancellor. Such a snub is unprecedented in modern Germany, and was the first sign that something was up. Seehofer then did something even more surprising and announced that he had formed an "axis of the willing" with Austria and Italy to combat illegal immigration. He had also threatened to use his ministerial powers to block the entry of "certain types" of asylum seekers into Germany, and said he would use the border police to achieve this.
In times gone by an Interior Minister who openly defied a Chancellor would face disciplinary action. Yet, attitudes have changed from self-congratulatory "Wir schaffen das", and Merkel can evidently no longer control her own cabinet. Her recent "migrant deal" agreed with other European Union leaders was yet more of the same weak, pro-immigration rhetoric that falls increasingly on deaf ears. Her decision to cling on to the most unpopular and disastrous policy in the history of the West –mass immigration– will certainly not garner enough centrist support to keep her critics and rivals at bay for long.
Horst Seehofer, although already a man with anti-immigration instincts, has clearly felt the winds of change and is acting accordingly. His threat to resign not only puts Merkel’s coalition in doubt, it also threatens to make her party a minority in the Bundestag (lower house of Parliament) and the Bundesrat (upper house of Parliament). This would essentially leave her at the mercy of the Social Democrats, Greens and AfD. Post-war German politics have been notably stable, which leaves Berlin headed for unchartered territory. With populism on the rise, it would be unwise for the mainstream politicians -from their perspective- to risk their careers at the ballot box should a snap election be called. Whether the career politicians decide to blow with the new winds of change or double-down remains to be seen.
Last night, Seehofer was persuaded to stay in order to prop up the government, a move which will provide short term stability. "After intensive discussions between the CDU and CSU, we have reached an agreement on how we can in future prevent illegal immigration on the border between Germany and Austria," he told reporters in Berlin. The details of this agreement are yet to be shown to the public.
Although the German public have withstood the migrant crisis and several deadly Islamic terrorist attacks, they have remained unreasonably tolerant for the most part – until now. For some reason, and the explanation remains a mystery, recent polls have begun to show a sudden, dramatic shift in attitudes towards crime and migration.
Half the electorate now believe there are no-go zones in the country, whereas in 2015 Germans largely regarded this claim as a conspiracy theory. Another poll shows 80% of German citizens now distrust decisions made by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. Again such an opinion in 2015 was a minority view, and so clearly a great shift in attitudes has occurred.
This shift has manifested in the campaign kick-started by 42 MPs from AfD which seeks to prosecute the German NGOs (Non-governmental organizations) which are helping migrants enter Europe illegally. The campaign proposes charging these organizations with human trafficking, which is of course very appropriate, considering the evidence which shows NGO vessels colluding with smuggling ships.
The NGOs thought to be in the AfD firing line are SOS Mediterranee, Sea-Watch, Sea Eye and Mission Lifeline. Without wishing to understate the magnitude of this situation, that these organizations have been openly funded and allowed to run riot with Europeean security and demography is nothing short of a terrible crime against all European people.
There is a very long way to go towards prosecution and the road ahead will no doubt be difficult and full of political double-dealing. So far, so neoliberal. A pessimist would point to Turkey’s general election, where around 475,000 Turks living in Germany cast their vote for President Erdogan or his opponents. The Turkish President is an Islamist who wishes to re-establish the Ottoman Empire, and he has recently made hostile threats towards Greece. The fact that large swathes of the Turkish community in Germany -many with German citizenship- celebrated the election with Turkish flags and street demonstrations, revealing where their true national loyalties lie. Identity für mich, but not für dich, one might say; as shown by the bizarre phenomenon of football players from the German National Team, who are of Turkish extraction, flying to Turkey to have their photos taken with Erdogan.
The Germans as a people are known for their industrial nature, clinical organization skills, and timely determination. The current virus of cultural Marxism that infects Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Cologne will be expurgated, and the political forces which will help to achieve this are beginning to bring their weapons to bear.
Whenever I fear for the fate of the German nation, or on reading yet another depressing headline in the news, I am reminded of the quote by Ernst Junger in his great work Storm of Steel, which always leaves me feeling hopeful for the future of the German people:
"We might be crushed, but surely we could not be conquered."