German election: Merkel loses out in backlash over refugees

Today in The Australian

Having won a fourth term, Angela Merkel has secured a place in the pantheon of German chancellors alongside her fellow conservatives Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl. But there is no denying that the coalition she leads of the Christian Democrats and the Christian Social Union has emerged battered and bruised from last Sunday’s election.

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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37 Responses to German election: Merkel loses out in backlash over refugees

  1. True Aussie

    Germany is lost. She never really recovered from ww2

  2. cui bono

    A tame backlash if she has retained power.

  3. Tel

    You are supposed to paint it as a Merkel win… you see she hasn’t been kicked out yet.

    When Corbyn lost the recent UK election… you see he really won because he improved a bit.

    But it would be sexist to suggest that the media treats one woman very badly (May) while treating another woman surprisingly kindly (Merkel).

  4. Pyrmonter

    A bit knocked about, but “battered and bruised”? The combined CDU/CSU/FDP vote is down about 2.6%: most of what the Union parties lost was more than made up for by what the FDP (classical liberals) gained. The FDP regained a presence in the parliament, meaning that, proportionally, the combined Christian Democrat/Liberal bloc has increased its share of the membership: the Union can conceivably govern in a “Jamaica” coalition (Union (Black)/FDP (yellow)/Green) coalition. There is a precedent for parties to the right of the Union to be represented in parliament; as well as a history of German editorialists becoming very concerned about the alleged “rise of the right”: they ‘ve done so in the past few decades about the NDP and the Republikaner. The most likely outcome is that the AfD will go the way of the Schill Party and the Pirates: self-destruct in one term. If there is a major loser in this, it was the SPD, reduced to almost half its historical vote. And the cause (a longer term threat to Germany than the AfD) is the persistence of the former communists. The “Left Party” won 3/4 of the votes the AfD did, and, while the AfD are unpleasant on immigration and religious freedom, the Left harbour people nostalgic for the days of Honecker and the Stasi’s bullets to the back of the head.

  5. Nerblnob

    When did opposition to uncontrolled immigration become “far right”?

    It’s been a feature of every communist country and left-wing unions were never keen on immigration either, seeing it as a plot by evil (dare I say “right wing”?) bosses to undercut them.

  6. H B Bear

    Merkel’s true place in history is yet to be realised.

  7. Suburban Boy

    What “refugees”?

    Germany had a massive inundation of alien scroungers, but very few (if any) refugees.

  8. Robbo

    The Germans again showed a distinct lack of intelligence by gifting the top job back into Merkel’s hands. She sold them out by opening the doors to hordes of criminals and terrorists and now they have endorsed her treachery.

  9. struth

    When you brainwash white guilt through the schools you get Merkel.

    Really, the subject matter is irrelevant.

    As long as Marxists have something they can twist.

    Of course, Nazis in Germany make an excellent source of guilt, hence Germany’s quicker decent.

    We of course are told we are guilty of colonialism, yet no one alive is.

    White western male guilt is the key, grading down to white western guilt on the rest of our people.

    I am not a collectivist, but if I was, I would suggest quite loudly that this section of the population has sacrificed greater than any other in the history of the world to bring peace and prosperity to the world, and who have treated women better (and still do) than any other race or culture on the planet.

    Enough bullshit.

  10. jupes

    Woke up to Sky News telling me that Turnbull had congratulated Merkel on winning the most seats and had thanked her for strong stance against terrorism.

    No seriously, I wasn’t dreaming.

  11. struth

    By the way, Angela will really go to town now.
    Her goal of course, is the E.U. as a super state and national borders gone, (with her right up there).
    She isn’t quite there yet, but with May lacking balls (true in both ways) and the next generation of brainwashed voters replacing a dying patriotic vote, she will now move fast.

    As we are already seeing, she is bypassing the need for them to get on a boat, and going to get the invading Muslim hoards.

  12. Roger

    Having won a fourth term, Angela Merkel has secured a place in the pantheon of German chancellors alongside her fellow conservatives Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl.

    You place Merkel in the company of Adenauer?

    Henry, you really ought to read this.

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  14. PB

    And Barbra Specter rubs her little elfin hands with glee, as the the project unfolds as planned, unhindered by credible inquiry.

  15. stackja

    KEVIN DONNELLY: MULTICULTURALISM AND POLITICAL CORRECTNESS ARE KILLING AUSTRALIA
    Kevin Donelly, The Daily Telegraph
    September 29, 2017 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    Douglas Murray’s recent book titled The Strange Death Of Europe deals with far away countries such as England, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy and Greece but it should be compulsory reading here. Murray argues “Europe is committing suicide” and while the situation in Australia is nowhere near as dramatic we are also in danger.

    Germany, for example, has taken in more than one million refugees since the start of the Syrian civil war while Greece and Italy, whose economies are already suffering, are being inundated with boat people from Turkey and northern Africa.

    Forget German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mistaken belief that embracing diversity and difference represents the best way forward. Contrary to the political elites, cultural-left academics and many in the media, Murray argues that multiculturalism is destroying what makes Europe unique.

    There is much Australians can learn from Murray’s book.

    Firstly, like Europe, freedom of speech and the right to speak out against multiculturalism have been lost.

    Political correctness rules and ­anyone critical of immigration is ­condemned as xenophobic, racist and Islamophobic.

    Secondly, in the same way that many condemn Europe for its imperialist past, many in Australia condemn the arrival of the First Fleet and the fact that the nation began as a British colony. In relation to Australia, Murray writes: “Colonialism has become the nation’s founding original sin.”

    And like original sin, all those not of Aboriginal descent must always apologise.

    Prompting the question: how long will succeeding generations be made to feel guilty about something that happened 200 years earlier?

    Thirdly, similar to Europe, where right-wing parties such as Germany’s AfD Party and France’s National Front are growing in strength, the resurgence of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party and the fact that the Turnbull government is bleeding votes from its conservative base prove that Australians are also fed up with being silenced and ignored.

    Dr Kevin Donnelly is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University and author of The Culture Of Freedom.

  16. struth

    If diversity is strength then we better get those weak countries sending us theirs to open their borders immediately.
    Aren’t we strong enough?

  17. struth

    If diversity is strength shouldn’t the flow be reversed?

  18. Arky

    If diversity is strength shouldn’t the flow be reversed?

    ..
    The flow does go both ways.
    They send us their unwanted criminal classes, and we send them our industrial plant and equipment, jobs, and intellectual properties.
    Unfortunately. we have just about run out of anything valuable to send them.
    gee, I wonder what the next step is?

  19. Jo Smyth

    She is still there though and the decline of Europe will continue, as planned.

  20. 2dogs

    I think the best strategy at this stage would be for the AfD & FDP to put Schultz in power, but only for as long as it takes for the CDU to replace Merkel as leader.

  21. It Looks like Merkel’s greatest triumph to me. She didn’t even have to go into a coalition with the SD, which she would have if necessary. True, she said she would have to think about the immigrants a bit, given the huge increases in crime and rape and all those little things that affect little people. But she has a free pass to carry on doing exactly what she was doing, and she will.

  22. Tim Neilson

    It Looks like Merkel’s greatest triumph to me. She didn’t even have to go into a coalition with the SD, which she would have if necessary.

    I agree about the “triumph”, but not the SD.

    The only reason the SD isn’t in the coalition is that the title of official “Opposition”, with all the status, credibility and platform that goes with it, goes to the largest party outside the governing coalition. If SD were in the coalition, the prize of official “Opposition” status would have gone to AfD. There’s no way the cosy cartel of mainstream parties were going to let that happen. Look for lots of “bipartisanship” between Merkel and SD.

  23. Splatacrobat

    If diversity is strength maybe the European powers need to reconstitute colonialism and go back to every post colonial shit hole that has been filling with more shit since the day of their day of independence and pick up the cudgel of the white man’s burden again.

  24. Combine Dave

    mh
    #2510403, posted on September 29, 2017 at 12:33 pm
    Japan must be far right.

    Well maybe they are?

    Could explain why they are one of the most technologically advanced nations on earth.

  25. Robber Baron

    Chancellor Merkel’s victory demonstrates her “triumph of will” over her political enemies.

  26. Fisky

    It Looks like Merkel’s greatest triumph to me. She didn’t even have to go into a coalition with the SD, which she would have if necessary

    Other way around – she couldn’t go into coalition with the SPD because this would have made the AfD the official opposition.

  27. Fisky

    It’s a terrible shame there isn’t more fist-pumping from “libertarians” about this magnificent triumph for Merkel! Where are you people??

  28. Rafe

    Europe and Germany recovered from Hitler, will they recover from Angela Merkel?
    Some hope with Poland and Hungary and maybe the Baltic states.

  29. stackja

    Rafe
    #2510653, posted on September 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Former communists states, the hope of Europe?

  30. DrBeauGan

    Former communists states, the hope of Europe?

    They’ve tried communism. They know it’s crap.

  31. Pyrmonter

    A good summary of what happened, shorn of the hysteria most of the local media (and not a few Katterlaxians) have adopted.

    https://www.ft.com/content/e7c7d918-a17e-11e7-b797-b61809486fe2?mhq5j=e6

  32. egg_

    When did opposition to uncontrolled immigration become “far right”?

    That’s how Aunty was painting it on ABC TV Breakfast News with TheirVitrioli.

  33. Fisky

    Pyrmonter believes importing 1.5 million unskilled Muslims and putting them on welfare is a wonderful “libertarian” policy that everyone should emulate!

  34. Crossie

    They’ve tried communism. They know it’s crap.

    Not by choice, it was inflicted on them.

    Now Venezuela, they chose their destruction and they have yet to learn from it.

  35. Andrew

    Pyrmonter believes importing 1.5 million unskilled Muslims and putting them on welfare is a wonderful “libertarian” policy that everyone should emulate!

    PyrmOnty links to pay walled FakeNews. Sad!

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