Angela Merkel: The Dysfunctional Despot
By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 22 August 2015
The Western definition of Leadership invariably depends on which side of the pond, aka. the North Atlantic Ocean, you happen to be sitting on. In the US, Leadership is often viewed as a process of social or group influence where a person invokes the aid and support of others in fulfilling tasks while the quest for personal power usually remains hidden in the background. In Europe and Oceania, Leadership is primarily a communicative and consultative function with the publicly acknowledged primary objective of gaining personal power by appearing to garner the support of others. Regardless of geographic location, the most common traits that help to promote a person to a position of Leadership are their values, vision, function and charisma, amongst others.
Angela Merkel was first elected to office in November 2005, nominally the least worst option among a list of candidates who had been tainted by the illegal exploits of both previous German Chancellors, namely Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schröder. Merkel was simply perceived as a safe pair of hands and, if nothing else, espoused the values and beliefs of the majority of the electorate at that time. The fact that she was known to have little or no vision of the future and lacked the charisma essential for those in high office mattered little: functional acumen, a characteristic of the German people for which the nation is well known and respected, would hopefully carry her through.
Merkel went on to deceive the German electorate again in 2009 and 2013, ably assisted by a subservient mainstream media, by appearing to be a pragmatic politician rather than the functionally incompetent despot in charge of a regime that had long since abdicated its constitutional duty to the people: Merkel's reign in the Chancellery is simply a self-serving thirst for power while Europe crumbles around her feet.
In the last two years Merkel's Fourth Reich has been one of the primary causes, if not the cause for much that ails Europe and the Eurozone.
NSA & GCHQ Spying Debacle
Merkel's involvement in the NSA and GCHQ spying debacle, an issue brought to prominence by the whistleblower Edward Snowden in early June 2013, was first reported as being yet another one of its many victims. Both the NSA and GCHQ have been proven to have engaged in the illegal mass surveillance of their own populations in addition to everyone else in the World. However, as more and more of the trove of data was released to the public it became increasingly clear that Merkel and her regime were active participants in the project.
Merkel's initial response to the revelations was tardy but she soon became indignant, about the activities of the NSA and GCHQ, issuing appropriate statements of surprise, disbelief and disgust. In October 2013, after just being re-elected for a third successive term in office, it was reported that her mobile phone had been monitored for the last ten ten years. Merkel issued yet another stern rebuke. However, in April 2015, amongst further revelations of spying by the NSA and GCHQ on European political and economic targets it was proven unequivocally that the German SIGINT agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), were complicit in these activities. Merkel's office, the Chancellery, who directly exercise powers of oversight, supervision and bear overall responsibility of the BND knew all along and yet had done absolutely nothing.
Ukrainian Coup d'état
Merkel's failure to secure an EU Association Agreement with President Yanukovych on 29 November 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania prompted both the US and the UK, via their rogue security agencies the CIA and MI6, to begin in earnest the subversive activities that led to the Euromaidan wave of protests that plagued Kiev in December 2013 and January 2014. The ongoing civil unrest that ensued culminated in the coup d'état of the democratically elected President, Yanukovych, who was forced to flee the country in February 2014.
Clearly Merkel made a complete mess of the negotiations with Yanukovych and then compounded it with a flagrant disregard for the Russian reaction to the events that ensued. That a Russian speaking inhabitant of former East Germany who has risen to the highest office of a united Germany should fail to successfully negotiate an EU Association Agreement with another satellite country of the former Soviet Union, acquiesce over and subsequently support the activities of numerous rogue security agencies as they usurp a democratically elected head of state and then finally, to idly stand by as a civil war descends upon the southeast of the nation resulting in the death and destruction of Russian Ukrainians, is a total abrogation of her responsibilities.
Greek Financial Crisis
The Greek Financial Crisis started in late 2009 when the size of its structural deficit was acknowledged as being beyond the nations capacity to service. The ongoing Great Recession had simply eroded all confidence in the Greek economy and the value of Greek government bonds tumbled. The European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), aka the Troika, led by the de facto, if not de jure, head of the European Union, Merkel, launched a bailout fund to rescue Greece from an impending sovereign debt default and then imposed a strict regime of austerity measures upon the nation.
Merkel's initial tardy response to the Greek crisis clearly exacerbated the issue beyond a simple restructuring of loans, recapitalisation of banks and other institutions: her failure to act promptly not only increased the Greek national debt far beyond their ability to repay but it also seriously jeopardised the whole Eurozone. Eventually the markets calmed down and by 2013 Greece was able to recover slightly, albeit saddled with a debt that it would never be able to repay. Merkel's response to the crisis has simply been too little and too late and, more importantly for Greece, her failure to restructure the loans and/or sanction significant debt relief, have left the country teetering on the brink of financial disaster. In late 2014 and early 2015 Greece fell into recession once again and has been negotiating yet another bailout which has just been sanctioned by the Merkel regime. However, the bailout has still failed to address the issue of debt restructuring and/or debt relief.
Clearly Merkel's litany of tardiness and inaction, i.e. a lack of functional competence, is a serious issue not just for the German people but for all Europeans.
That functional competence is a requisite for leadership is known. What is not known is how much longer the German people will tolerate a dysfunctional despot in the Chancellery.
- There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.
- Friedrich Nietzsche