How Angela Merkel’s communist roots caused her downfall

How Angela Merkel’s communist roots caused her downfall, by Gerard Warner.

“How many people were shot crossing the Berlin Wall from West to East?” was a useful anti-Marxist dialectical query in university debates (in the days when non-leftists were allowed to speak in universities). It highlighted the lack of eastbound traffic out of the capitalist West into the whimsically named German Democratic Republic.

Such migration, though rare, was not completely nonexistent. In 1954, for example, Horst Kasner, a Protestant pastor of strongly leftist convictions, voluntarily moved from capitalist Hamburg to East Germany, taking with him his wife and weeks-old daughter Angela. Today that infant is the embattled acting Chancellor of Germany. …

Does Merkel’s past matter? Yes, very much. In the first place, it explains her inscrutability. The legendary impenetrability she has always cultivated and which has been a considerable asset to her in politics is an undoubted legacy of her upbringing and early political career in a totalitarian state where any expression of opinion was fraught with hazards. Even among the nomenklatura, where the “Party line” could change with bewildering rapidity, to reveal one’s inner thoughts could create a vulnerability liable to be exploited by rivals. …

Political analysts have struggled unsuccessfully to understand why Merkel, after winning the September 2013 German elections under her party’s traditional slogan “No experiments”, in mid-2015 startlingly invited countless numbers of migrants into Germany. Worse still, when this proved unsustainable, she arrogantly attempted to impose them on the other member states of the European Union. …

Merkel, arguably, drove Britain out of the EU. Then her migrant quotas alienated Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia and put them in serious conflict with Brussels. …

Which brings us back to the nagging question: why did she do it? Because of her Communist past, is the evident answer. Because she could. Because she had the power. Once the totalitarian mentality has been embedded in a politician’s psyche, although it may lie concealed for more than a decade of opportunist vote-seeking, image fabricating (the “Mutti” imposture), self-conscious superficial conformity to Western “democratic” totems, the will to exercise power is never extinguished.

Hailed as “Queen of Europe”, while Merkel counterfeited the humble, shabby Hausfrau, her instincts remained discreetly imperial. Hitler always had a portrait of Frederick the Great in his office; Merkel has one of Catherine the Great in hers. …

To any normal person it was madness to encourage the already alarming irruption of migrants into Europe. To a politician bred in the totalitarian tradition of Marxism-Leninism, with its longstanding penchant for using migration and “internationalism” to subvert the West, the dimly perceived opinions of the lumpen-electorate were of no account.

hat-tip Stephen Neil