Refugee crisis affecting Angela Merkel; Karl Guttenberg looks for reorganization in Europe

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

The Chancellor of Germany has faced some challenges for her pro-migrant stances:

November 5, 2015

Angela Merkel has struck a truce with a key right-wing coalition partner unhappy about her stance on migration.

But the fact that there is another tricky meeting on Thursday emphasises that this is a reprieve not a final judgement.

The danger to Merkel from the refugee crisis may not be the stuff of front-page headlines in Britain, but it is real enough.

Some in Germany are seething at the seemingly limitless commitment the chancellor has made to take in anyone fleeing Syrian’s civil war. …

She has risked her reputation on a gamble that at first sight seems totally out of character – “reckless” is not a word you would normally apply to her 10 years in power.

One usually loyal German politician told me her decision to open Germany’s borders to all refugees from Sudan and Syria was “madness”.

He said a mayor in his area was phoning him almost nightly in tears.

Threat of revolt

The political crisis came about because the leader of the Bavarian Conservative party, a member of her coalition, was threatening to revolt.

The writ of Mrs Merkel’s party, the Christian Democrats, does not run in Bavaria – they have their own Conservative party, the Christian Social Union.

Bavaria is funny like that. It even has its own embassy in Berlin, something the Edinburgh government has yet to achieve in London. …

Europe as a whole is still struggling to cope with growing numbers of people looking for a better life.

Slipping authority

So some say Merkel’s race is run.

Her authority and popularity are slipping at home, her clout in Brussels diminishing. …

How she continues to manage it may also determine how history sees her, and what becomes of the European Unionand Europe as a whole.

Now, it should be pointed out that Angela Merkel still has influence.  Notice the following:

November 4, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named world’s most powerful person by Forbes magazine.

“Putin continues to prove he’s one of the few men in the world powerful enough to do what he wants – and get away with it,” the magazine said of the Russian leader, who has topped the list three years in a row.

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel took over the second spot from U.S. President Barack Obama, who dropped to third.

It marks the first time a U.S. president has not been in the top two in the seven-year history of the rankings, according to the 73-person list named byForbes

As the BBC reported, Angela Merkel has made some type of temporary deal with the Bavarian Christian Social Union party.  One of its more internationally known members, Karl-Theodor zu Guttnberg, is currently at the Fortune Global Forum which runs through today.  Yesterday, he mentioned the migrant situation in Europeand basically indicated that Europe needed to look beyond just taking short term actions, but also needed to better organize for the long term (Here’s Why Europe’s Political System is Failing). Despite his past plagiarism scandal, Baron Guttenberg is sought out for his international perspective on many matters that affect Europe.

As regular readers of this page are aware, the Bible tells of at least three reorganizations to come in Europe in Revelation 17 (see alsoMust the Ten Kings of Revelation 17:12 Rule over Ten Currently Existing Nations?).

News presenter:  John Hickey