Merkel Starts Hedging Her Euro Bets

I used to subscribe to Stratfor but found that many of its papers were more detailed than I was interested in reading, and sometimes too general.  But since stopping my subscription, I have often read the email freebies to keep in touch that way.  The one that popped in today is extremely interesting, advising that Germany is starting to see her world position moving away from an EU-exclusive one.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared at an Oct. 16 meeting of young members of her party, the Christian Democratic Union, that multiculturalism, or Multikulti, as the Germans put it, “has failed totally.” Horst Seehofer, minister-president of Bavaria and the chairman of a sister party to the Christian Democrats, said at the same meeting that the two parties were “committed to a dominant German culture and opposed to a multicultural one.” Merkel also said that the flood of immigrants is holding back the German economy, although Germany does need more highly trained specialists, as opposed to the laborers who have sought economic advantages in Germany.

The statements were striking in their bluntness and their willingness to speak of a dominant German culture, a concept that for obvious reasons Germans have been sensitive about asserting since World War II. The statement should be taken with utmost seriousness and considered for its social and geopolitical implications. It should also be considered in the broader context of Europe’s response to immigration, not to Germany’s response alone.

Read more: Germany and the Failure of Multiculturalism | STRATFOR 

In essence Germany like the rest of Europe needs to engage with the rest of the world, and not become a declining ghetto of old people left over from a  failed multicultural experiment.  This is not just a cultural realisation that’s happening to Germans as they emerge back as a fully confident and aware nation with her own national interests, which were submerged in the EU since WW2.  

Germany needs access to cheaper sources of Labour, to export call centre jobs, and manufacturing if she is to keep competing with Asia and the USA.

From a strategic viewpoint,also,  the economic focus will simply have to shift away from fortress Europe and protectionism if Russia is to be drawn into a more responsible and cooperative relationship.  If Putin keeps Russia separate economically, and dependent on an aggressive fossil fuel economy, at the same time as she re-arms, spurning international economic cooperation, that too could very dangerous for Germany and the rest of the world.

The EU concept depended on the existence of a hostile Russian empire to keep it together.   The EU and Putin together seem content for the economic and cultural chasm between Europe and Russia, left over from the Cold War, to continue to exist.  Germany and all the nations of Europe, however, need this to move forward to a new relationship of broader and more economic cooperation.

The intentional imposition of multiculturalism on weakened European nations in the post-WW2 era is clearly coming towards it end, as the nations begin to reimpose themselves.  What is beginning in Germany will flood around the rest of the continent.  British eurosceptics should take cheer that Merkel feels compelled to join this move away from EU-imposed political structures back towards more nationally-defined goals.   No one has done than Merkel to try to save the Euro, yet if the battle cannot be won, she will be visible hedging her bets, just as she is now doing.

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