Merkel’s Warning to the Germans a Lesson for UK Politicians

Image by Glyn Lowe Photoworks

Image by Glyn Lowe Photoworks

I haven’t been wildly impressed by how Angela Merkel has handled the eurozone crisis, but this speech to the German people shows why (for my money) she’s easily the most impressive political leader in Europe, if not the world, right now. At a time when too many UK politicians have been pandering to extreme tendencies in a craven attempt to win votes on the back of a non-existent immigration issue, it is refreshing to see a leader actually face down racism and bigotry and honestly tell her fellow citizens that they are lucky to live in a successful country that less fortunate people want to come to.

“Today many people are again shouting on Mondays: ‘We are the people’. But in fact they mean: ‘You do not belong – because of the colour of your skin or your religion’.”

“I say to all those who go to such demonstrations: do not follow those who have called the rallies because all too often they have prejudice, coldness, even hatred in their hearts.”

 

 

David Miles

About David Miles

David Miles is a Carnegie Scholar researching Anglo-American and German constitutionalism for his PhD at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, from where he graduated in 2010 with an MA in German with International Relations. He has worked for leading businesses in the UK and Germany including Santander, Lloyds TSB and more recently SAP. Apart from writing for and editing Global Politics, his writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast and the Scotsman. His interests include American political history of the 18th and 19th centuries, modern German history, global finance and the politics of the Middle East.

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