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 and has a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Global Constitutionalism and currently teaches an honours module in US foreign policy in the School of 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 Daily Beast, Carnegie Ethics Online, Huff Post and the Scotsman. His interests include American political history, US foreign policy, modern German history, American and German constitutional history, the politics of the European Union, peace and conflict studies, and the politics of the Middle East. When not doing research or teaching, he enjoys good single malts and the charms of the Old Course. He lives in St Andrews, Scotland.

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