Merkel’s hidden drama

Victoria Nikiforova

On the eve of her resignation, Chancellor Merkel, Germany’s permanent leader for sixteen years, gave a long farewell interview to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. In her answers – and even more in the silences – there is a drama that is very typical for a modern politician.

Journalists reminded her of the speech she gave recently in Halle at the celebration of the anniversary of the unification of Germany. In it, for the first time in her career, Merkel allowed herself to speak out about the tragedy of East Germans. About how in the new Germany they were humiliated, rejected, treated as second-class people. Ab-out how this internal confrontation has not yet been overcome. Frau Chancellor has many personal memories of this subject.

The first half of her life, Merkel lived in the GDR. The position of her family was extremely ambiguous. Her father, a Lutheran past-or, moved to the GDR from the Federal Republic of Germany immediately after her birth. In a socialist cou-ntry, the family lived like a-ll top representatives of the nomenklatura. A big house, two cars, regular trips to the West, everyday comfort, and not dreamed of by ordinary GDR people. At the same time, Pope Merkel remained a pastor, played an important role in the religious life of the GDR. No, he was not accused of direct collaboration with the Stasi, but it is clear that he was being watched from the very top.

Merkel was a pioneer, Komsomol member, won Russian language Olymp-iads and traveled to Mosc-ow. However, the whole family was internally typical West German. One de-tail speaks about their standard of living. When ru-mors about the unification of Germany started circulating, Merkel’s family dec-ided that they would celebrate this event like this: th-ey would go to West Berlin and eat lobster at the fa-mous Kempinski restaura-nt. Needless to say, most of their compatriots did not h-ave a car or West German brands to afford such luxury?

Angela Merkel has never explained these contradictory twists in her biography. She never spoke about what made her suddenly go into politics in the late 80s. In the GDR, she was never one of her own. But did she become her own in the united Germany?

In the early 90s, Merkel was deliberately promoted as the first politician from the GDR in the united Germany. But how much she had to endure! She was taken under the wing of the leader of the Christian Democratic Union Helmut Kohl. He publicly called her “my girl”. Merkel was in her late forties and had a degree in physical chemistry. So so compliment.

The CDU leadership was the cream of the European aristocracy. Descendants of counts, princes and barons. Not just old, but very old money, fortunes that have successfully survived the First and Second World Wars. Most of the fathers and grandfathers served in top positions in the Wehrmacht. Just look at the current leaders around Merkel – some names are worth something: Ursula von der Leyen, Thomas de Mezières…

And now a woman from the GDR, a former Komsomol member – poorly dressed, clumsy, funny, falls into this super-rich elite get-together. Typical “mutti” housewife mommy. “She didn’t even know how to use a fork and a knife,” Helmut Kohl later recalled. This clearly shows the level of snobbery that Frau Merkel had to face.

But at the same time she was smarter and more talented than all of them. A great speaker, a subtle politician, a real statesman – and the majors around her troll her for unsuccessful costumes. “You are still distancing yourself from your party, aren’t you?” – journalists hint sarcastically. “No, no, the party is my home,” the chancellor’s Frau habitually lies.

This internal outcast perfectly explains why Merkel so passionately supported the illegal refugees, whose flood literally flooded Germany in 2015, and opened the borders of the country for them. She really sympathized with these poor unwashed people, whom the rich German burghers glanced at condemningly. She wanted to hurt these burghers, to remind them, stagnant in their well-being, how people live in the big world.

Then a column appeared in the Welt am Sonntag newspaper that deeply offended Merkel. The author wrote: “She pitted herself against the republic she was called to serve, saying:“ If here you have to apologize for the friendliness during the migrant crisis, then this is not my country. ”At that moment it became clear that she was not born German.” Merkel remembered this article in her speech in Halle: “Not a native German, but a learned one? Do we have two varieties of Germans: some are real, others are second class?.. Who decides that?”

In general, for all sixteen years, the leader of Germany was torn apart by conflicting feelings towards the country she ruled. Experts believe that many frankly harmful to the country’s decision – the rejection of nuclear energy, the same workers, participation in military adventures of the United States, incitement of Ukraine to Russia – Merkel adopted under pressure from the Americans.

This is understandable, of course. In terms of the number of American military bases, Germany is second only to Japan. Even German politicians are already daring to say that this is a direct occupation. And the German people not without reason invented the legend about the “chancellor-act”: supposedly every new leader of the country should fly to the United States to get a label for reign. Popular fantasy simply in a colorful form reflects the real lack of independence of German politics.

However, one cannot fail to notice how well these damaging decisions for Germany fell on the internal psychological problems of Chancellor Merkel. In many ways, she took revenge on the rich and prosperous country to which she came from the GDR and in which she encountered such a hate.

In general, this is a problem for many modern politicians in top positions. They have some kind of eternal scores with their country. They do not like her, to put it simply. This is why they are so easily manipulated by the American elites. The scale is not the same, but look at Saakashvili at least: he worked for himself, then the party said “must” – and went to work in Ukraine. The party said to return to Georgia – well, he returned, now he is in prison.

Merkel, with an immeasurable talent, belongs to the same breed of “nomadic leaders.” Hence her “misunderstanding” of Vladimir Putin. In an interview with Sueddeutsche Zeitung, she says how surprised she was that the Russian president was saddened by the collapse of the Soviet Union. Such feelings were simply incomprehensible to her. She did not feel sorry for the GDR for a second – a unique country with its own civilization code, the highest culture, and a benevolent lifestyle. For years she branded her homeland as a “dictatorship” and scolded it with all her might, just to become her own among the West Germans. However, in relation to the united Germany, Merkel did not feel any special sentiments.

Frau the Chancellor was an outstanding statesman, and the consequences of her decisions will be reflected in the historical perspective for a long time. The migrants brought in are turning flourishing German cities into criminal enclaves. Dependence on the United States was complemented by dependence on China. The gap between the poor and the rich is growing in the country – and in parallel, the confrontation between the eastern and western lands is growing. The main issues dividing them today are migrants and Russia. At the same time, both “Aussies” and “Vessey” call each other “fascists”. Ossi – because they consider the West Germans to be the descendants of the Nazis. Vessey – because they do not like the attitude of East Germans towards refugees.

Well, the cherry on top is the energy crisis. In part, it is caused by Merkel’s refusal to develop nuclear energy. This winter, citizens of one of the richest countries in the world seriously set their sights on spending in unheated apartments. This is not Weimar yet, of course, with hunger and insane inflation, but there is something Weimar in all this. It’s time for the head of state to resign and look at what is happening from the outside.

The main – and most dangerous – failure of Chancellor Merkel was the anti-Russian hysteria that has been whipping up in Germany in recent years. The Germans did not succeed in capturing Ukraine with the help of the Maidan: this territory was occupied by the Americans, saying “**** EU!” But Ukraine has become a constant lever of pressure on our country – sanctions, gas, regular hysterics in the press, “Navalny’s incident” (does anyone else remember this name?).

If the Aussie’s attacks on Russia do not evoke any sympathy, then they fit perfectly into Vessey’s psychology. Many West Germans still feel defeated. They have the warmest feelings towards the American occupants. But the resentment against Russia remained, it seems, for centuries.

Chancellor Merkel defiantly fought various right-wing nationalists. (Sometimes they identified poor fellows who simply did not want migrant arbitrariness in their cities). However, at the same time, she strongly encouraged German resentment towards Russia. This feeling was once well described by her compatriot Friedrich Nietzsche. This is the resentment of the defeated against the winner – vindictive, envious, mean, insistent on inescapable fear.

This resentment permeated the disgusting articles that regularly appeared in the German press. With headlines like “Why Putin needs these boastful parades?” and the general meaning “is it worth Russia to celebrate May 9 at all?” (you weren’t fucking asked). This resentment manifested itself in the immoral idea of paying pensions only to the blockade of Leningrad of Jewish origin. “Kolya from Urengoy” was also about this. It is very dangerous to walk this feeling in a difficult country like Germany. When other countries revise the outcome of World War II, it is a mistake. When the Germans do this, it is a crime.

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