Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Friday, 16 September 2016
I've been thinking about the Brexit vote and Germany's pivotal role in the E.U. recently, because Angela Merkel is currently having a hard job justifying some of the more liberal policies put forward by her and her party, before the immigrant problem became so vast, before Brexit and before the rise of A.F.D.
Germany felt betrayed by the Brexit vote, and the outcome has put the E.U. project on an even shakier footing. Everyone talks about economics, saying that the E.U. only represents 15% of Britain's world trading, but - as far as Germany is concerned - this is not the point.
After two world wars as the aggressor, Germany finally had the opportunity of becoming a benign, unifying influence in Europe, and it relished the role. It was a chance to make ammends for the second and third generations, who were tired of apologising on behalf of their fathers and grandfathers.
Today the remaining 27 countries are getting together to discuss the future, and the future does not look too bright right now. Borders will have to be reinstated and it looks as though we will need visas to cross the Channel in a couple of years.
It is shaping up to be a return to the good old days.