The media has been pushing a “Merkel is fine” narrative for months. Turns out, she’s not quite as fine as they’d like you to think:
Angela Merkel looked exhausted, strained, as she arrived at her party headquarters in the evening after the election ended.
Emerging from her car she arranged her face into a smile first for the cameras and then for the party faithful who’d gathered at CDU headquarters.
The chancellor knew she would most likely win this election. But it is not the victory she or her party had hoped for. It is the conservatives’ worst election result under her leadership. A verdict, perhaps, on her decision to open Germany’s doors to one million refugees.
The cheers rang a little hollow. Because the real success story of this election belongs to AfD.
Mrs Merkel must now find coalition partners. Don’t expect AfD to be invited. She must also persuade her country – perhaps some within her party – that’s she is the right woman for the job.
It has been a long and bruising election campaign. Mrs Merkel may have won the election but it does not feel like much of a victory.
This election will go down in the history books for two reasons. Angela Merkel may have won a fourth term but it is her worst-ever general election result. And right-wing nationalists are now part of the German establishment.
The Western elites have been receiving messages over and over from the electorate that they want a course correction. The Western elites, in response, are turning to violence, repression, and censorship to control their populations.
This state of affairs cannot continue. And it won’t.