Angela Merkel and global vs. national elites

Daily Mail tells us,

Merkel on the ropes: Thousands of German protesters take to the streets saying she ‘Must Go’ and a key coalition ally withdraws support to open-door immigration policy after terror attacks

Horst Seehofer, the conservative premier of Bavaria, said he did not share Merkel’s ‘we can do it’ credo on accommodating the almost 1.1 million migrants and refugees who arrived in 2015.

Seehofer, who leads the Christian Social Union, the sister party to Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats, said today ‘”We can do this” – I cannot, with the best will, adopt this phrase as my own.’ More.

Reality check: Some fear it’s the Nazis stalking the land again. Let’s wait and see.

Merkel appears unable to understand that the average German does not benefit from her freelance global philanthropy—or else she doesn’t see that as a problem. Which points to a key difference between a global and a national elite: National elites can be very dangerous (cf World Wars I and II) but they are usually loyal to their own citizens, because they must be.

Merkel doesn’t need Germans that badly, or thinks she doesn’t. And more Germans are beginning to feel the same about her.

The era of global elites may or may not diminish wars but it is likely to be marked by a great deal of internal unrest.

See also: Broad world dissatisfaction with globalization

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