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Merkel does not reckon with the Germans, dissatisfied with its policy towards Russia

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After a six-month government crisis, Angela Merkel sneaked into the chair of the German chancellor. This time, almost like a belligerent. One of the first actions of the Bundeskanzlerin in its old-new post was a joint statement with the leaders of America, Britain and France. In it, Russia is accused of poisoning the ex-Colonel of the GRU Sergey Skrypal, who collaborated with the British intelligence services. Thus, Merkel, at the start of her new term of work, demonstrated that she was not going to change the German policy towards Russia.




What surprised the March survey commissioned by Welt?

Meanwhile, measurements of public opinion show: in Germany, they are tired not only of Angela Merkel’s long reign, but also of her anti-Russian policy. On Saturday, March 17, the Welt newspaper published the results of a recent sociological poll, which recorded a growing desire of the Germans to move closer to Russia, to improve relations with it.

Last August, at a similar survey, less than half of the respondents spoke in favor of a rapprochement between Berlin and Moscow (42%). Now, to improve relations with Russia, 58 percent of Germans spoke and only 14 percent of respondents agreed to leave the current policy of the German authorities unchanged.

To some extent, the company they accounted for another 26 percent of respondents. These people believe that Berlin should generally distance itself from Moscow. Be that as it may, the survey clearly showed that opposition attitudes towards Merkel’s policy in the Russian direction are growing in German society.

Welt notes that residents of the eastern lands of Germany, who were previously part of the GDR, once again showed the greatest sympathy for Russia. There, 72 percentages of respondents spoke in favor of a policy of rapprochement between Germany and Russia, and 43 percentages even set themselves up for a “significant convergence”.

In the West German lands, 54 of the percent of respondents favored the rapprochement of the two countries. The same trend persists, if you look at the answers in the context of political preferences of the respondents. For the rapprochement with Russia, the majority of supporters of all major political parties, including Christian Democrats Angela Merkel, spoke.

Only the Germans who voted for environmentalists from the Soyuz-90 / Green party stand apart. But even among them the number of people who see Germany at a distance from Russia, only slightly exceeded the supporters of rapprochement - 44 and against 39 percent. But the electorate of the right-wing populist party “Alternative for Germany” overwhelmingly shares the idea of ​​rapprochement with Russia. For this, 81 responded to the percentage of respondents.

By the way, in recent years, AiG has become increasingly popular with the Germans and even held its own deputy in the autumn elections to the 94 of the Bundestag, forming the third largest faction of the German parliament. Experts predicted her even greater success if the crisis with the formation of the government leads to new early elections.

Not least, under pressure from this threat, the policies of the CDU / CSU and SDRG blocs overcame their mutual hostility and were able to eventually form a “grand coalition” of the new German government. However, they could not dismiss the sentiments of the AiG voters.

Last Friday, the new Interior Minister, the former leader of the CSU and the former Prime Minister of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, in an interview with German media, partly repeated one of the election guidelines of AiG about the threats posed by the authorities that encourage migration to Germany from Asia and Africa.

Seehofer announced plans to "convene an Islamic conference to hold a discussion on the integration of Muslims in Germany." According to the minister, Muslims have become part of Germany, but this does not mean that the Germans, because of falsely understood tact, must abandon their own Christian traditions.

“Islam is not part of Germany,” Horst Seehofer concluded. His statement triggered an immediate response from multiculturalist Angela Merkel. “Islam is a part of Germany!” The Bundeskanzlerin retorted to her minister. Her remark clearly showed that Merkel had not learned the lessons of the last election and would continue her previous policy.

Although still in 2016, public opinion polls showed the Germans being extremely wary of Islam. Then 60 percent of respondents called Islam alien to Germany. Since then, this mood in German society, according to experts, has only increased. However, Merkel remained unconvinced.

Under the propaganda press

It seems the same will happen with the desire of the Germans to improve relations with Russia. As in the case of multiculturalism, Merkel here also does not count on the approval of the ruling cabinet’s actions by the population, but on the support of the German media, known for their widespread Russophobia.

This phenomenon was studied by the doctoral student of the University of Basel Jochen Jansen. After analyzing the publications of the German media about Russia, he came to an unexpected conclusion: “negative reports dominate among them, written in negative and disparaging tones, ... this did not happen even during the Cold War.

His study Janson accompanied by many vivid examples. This is how he saw the description of the Baikonur cosmodrome in the Handelsblatt newspaper: “a giant scrap metal warehouse”, where a successful launch of the launch vehicle should be immediately “washed”. Angered by Jochen Jansen, he wonders: “Didn’t the German author put on shoes while writing this article nazi-brown boots and did he not adore the portrait of Dr. Goebbels? In the end, the Russians from this “scrap warehouse” manage to send rockets into outer space — that would be the topic for the article! ”

By the way, in Russia there is a benevolent attitude towards the Germans. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Union of the German Economy in Russia conducted a study that showed that the overwhelming majority of German citizens who are constantly working in Moscow feel quite comfortable here. 84% of respondents believe that "the German media are biased against Russia and deliberately exaggerate."

Doctoral student Jochen Jansen sees the reason for this "in the world war lost by the Germans." “The fact that the toughest battles took place on the eastern front, and Russia made the greatest contribution to the defeat of Germany, remains in the collective memory. Not forgotten is the fact that German soldiers never fought so cruelly as in Russia. To compensate for their own "debts", the Germans, after the war, preferred to recall the violence of the Red Army. The current prejudice against Russia is largely a consequence of this complex. In addition, recently the Germans see that "the enemy has stirred" - this can not but annoy. "

Jansen is probably not so far from the truth. This is supported by direct support by the Berlin politician of the coup in Kiev, organized by the heirs of Ukrainian nationalists who collaborated with the Nazis during the Second World War. Germany’s Russophobic stance is also evident by the tacit consent of its ruling elite to annual marches in the Baltic States of the not-dead SS men and the oppression of the Russian-speaking population here.

To this bleak picture one can add the increasing influence of the CIA on the editorial policy of the leading German media. Americans, not especially hiding themselves, use their NATO partners to put pressure on Russia. And even pay for their "hard work." Udo Ulfkotte, the former editor of one of the largest newspapers in Germany, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, wrote about it in detail in the book “Bought Journalism”;

It's amazing how, under such a propaganda press, the Germans still manage to change their attitude towards Russia and advocate for rapprochement with it. Many are changing, except for Chancellor Angela Merkel. They say she has a difficult relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Apparently, this is half the truth. The supervisor of the German-Russian Forum, Alexander Rahr, finds another explanation. According to him, Angela Merkel retreated from the pro-German policy of their predecessors (chancellors Helmut Schmidt, Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schroeder), who even during the Cold War period sought a strategic balance with Moscow.

“Chancellor Merkel spoke for one hundred percent loyalty and loyalty to the United States and the pan-European policy of Germany,” said Rahr. So she not only got into operation the most notorious critics of Russia (Poland, the Baltic States and others like them), but in some ways even surpassed them, because she had a greater influence on the strengthening of anti-Russian sanctions.

Now Merkel is difficult to get out of the well-trodden political rut. Even the outlined change in the German public mood will not affect this. Germany is doomed to tolerate the chancellor, “who is walking by himself,” as the forces Merkel relies on are becoming fewer and fewer. It is unlikely that this will continue for a long time ...
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  1. solzh
    solzh 19 March 2018 06: 55
    +2
    Once again, the greatest sympathies for Russia were shown to residents of the eastern lands of Germany, which were previously part of the GDR. There, 72 percent of respondents supported a policy of rapprochement between Germany and Russia

    A labeled humpback betrayed eastern Germany.
    Regarding Merkel: she should go to bed, everyone is tired of her everywhere.
    1. Vend
      Vend 19 March 2018 10: 07
      +3
      When it begins to realize that the Germans are not happy. It will be late.
  2. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 19 March 2018 07: 02
    +5
    Angela Merkel made my way in the chair of the German chancellor ... Germany is doomed to endure the chancellor, "who walks on his own"
    You can’t say better. That's exactly got it. I completely agree with the author that she won’t get out of the “rutted track”. And therefore, not one more “surprise” will fly to us from this country.
  3. dauria
    dauria 19 March 2018 15: 59
    +2
    “Islam is part of Germany!” The Bundescan Chancellor retorted to his minister


    Yes ..... Madame does not understand what two religions are in one state. This is a constant control and holding the collar of both competitors in the competition for the "consumer". But they will try to dislodge the territory for themselves with dominance on this piece.
    Moreover, control in the "manual mode", without taking the side of any of the religions. Russia has been studying this for centuries, "There was no care from a woman, she bought pigs."
  4. K.A.S.
    K.A.S. 19 March 2018 16: 17
    +1
    I told one friend here that before you teach Russia to the Germans you need to put things in order !!! and I repeat again:
    Democracy in my understanding is the power of the people. who directly chooses a leader. and not a bunch do not understand whom, choose do not understand how! only for some reason everyone is teaching Russians how to do it. but when the Russians point out the same Germans to their shortcomings, the stink begins.
    .Germany is occupied by the Americans and very dependent on them, the Germans wake up! Go to your swamp or Maidan !!! And then there will soon be a German caliphate and a banana republic colony of the USA !! The Germans cast off the yoke of Merkel’s dictatorship, which doesn’t allow competitors to vote and forces electors to choose it !!!, where is your bulk, your Kasparov. your Khodorkovsky, your Germans! Where are those people who will free the German people from almost 20 years of dictatorship!
    It seems to me that the Germans love the dictatorship of such a mentality. the mentality of the people plays an important role. Now compare in Russia they accept whatever the new law is. there is a stench in the press: they begin to recall the destitute. the poor and the law is being corrected (you will not please everyone, and the dissatisfied remain) !!!
    We look at what is happening with the German population, they pass a law, for example, on the ban on diesel, and that’s it! all as one under a peak and went to execute. and spit on the disadvantaged. on pensioners who will pay for their pension and hoteliers and politicians and corporations. where are the disturbances? where are the protests? probably everyone is dreaming of getting rid of a diesel engine? there you have the mentality! in one case, people are outraged. in another submissive ...
    1. vlad.svargin
      vlad.svargin 27 March 2018 11: 57
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      K.A.S (Kostya)
      that before teaching Russia the Germans need to bring order to their homeland

      In some ways, you are right, but not only in Germany, but throughout Europe, and in the United States, it is very far from democracy. But we also need to look at ourselves “not with a blurred eye”, where this very democracy does not even “smell”. Unless you pay attention to the debilizor with its stupid advertisements and eternal lies in the news and on various shows .. This was especially evident in the election campaign, from where we still have to restore and restore order in our HOUSE, but there is always something from the outside right: "we will see a stain in the eyes of strangers, but we don’t notice a log in ourselves"
  5. 16112014nk
    16112014nk 19 March 2018 16: 20
    +2
    Mackerel - Russophobia. This is bad. Our new-old president is Germanophile. This is even worse.
  6. DLYP05
    DLYP05 21 March 2018 12: 37
    +1
    Well, since Merkel was chosen again, then they don’t really want to get close. Merkel will continue to pro-American policies to weaken the geyropov and Germany in particular. Tolerance, deterioration of relations with Russia, German and other gayropei women - under the Arabs and blacks. As they say - "every nation is worthy of its ruler!"
  7. Mengad
    Mengad 21 March 2018 21: 56
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    Quote: K.A.S.
    I told one friend here that before you teach Russia to the Germans you need to put things in order !!! and I repeat again:
    Democracy in my understanding is the power of the people. who directly chooses a leader. and not a bunch do not understand whom, choose do not understand how! only for some reason everyone is teaching Russians how to do it. but when the Russians point out the same Germans to their shortcomings, the stink begins.
    .Germany is occupied by the Americans and very dependent on them, the Germans wake up! Go to your swamp or Maidan !!! And then there will soon be a German caliphate and a banana republic colony of the USA !! The Germans cast off the yoke of Merkel’s dictatorship, which doesn’t allow competitors to vote and forces electors to choose it !!!, where is your bulk, your Kasparov. your Khodorkovsky, your Germans! Where are those people who will free the German people from almost 20 years of dictatorship!
    It seems to me that the Germans love the dictatorship of such a mentality. the mentality of the people plays an important role. Now compare in Russia they accept whatever the new law is. there is a stench in the press: they begin to recall the destitute. the poor and the law is being corrected (you will not please everyone, and the dissatisfied remain) !!!
    We look at what is happening with the German population, they pass a law, for example, on the ban on diesel, and that’s it! all as one under a peak and went to execute. and spit on the disadvantaged. on pensioners who will pay for their pension and hoteliers and politicians and corporations. where are the disturbances? where are the protests? probably everyone is dreaming of getting rid of a diesel engine? there you have the mentality! in one case, people are outraged. in another submissive ...

    Dear? Judging by your post, I think that you mentioned me .. on the grounds that I have the flag of Germany wink Germany is occupied by the United States? Well, it has been occupied since the end of World War II ... Remind you that part of East Germany .. was occupied by the USSR? And? Plus, Marshall’s plan to save the US-controlled German territory played its role Germany ... but you can see it was beaten or inattentive ... or you specifically distort information ... I’ll remind you: Germany is the parliamentary system (Bundestag) The majority of the Bundestag received by the party gives the right to nominate a candidate for the Chancellor. Do you remember diesel? Is it a painful topic? You probably don’t have a diesel car? I will tell you briefly that diesel engines are forbidden because they pollute the environment ... except like Euros 2 and 5. And then in some cities, if they find a compromise, the ban will be at a certain time of day.laughing Are you shouting about the invasion of Muslims in Germany? Yes there is such a problem ... but this is their business .. but why do you reproach the German system do not want to see the same problem in the Russian Federation? Maybe you do not know this? Maybe you draw information from TV? Where is Mr. Putin hanging noodles on your ears and saying that: The demographic situation in the Russian Federation has stabilized and is on the plus? Yes, he is right in that he is on the plus ... but he didn’t tell you that this is the plus due to ... Arriving migrants from Central Asia? And if you are an intelligent person, then it will not be difficult for you to go to the website of the State Statistics Service and check for yourself. Oh yeah, about outrage and humility? In Germany, pickets are allowed and marches are allowed ... and permissions are given wink And left and right .. just watch less Zombie TV and at least sometimes watch German channels if you are so interested in Germany. And what about Russia? Go out even to a single picket ... just write ,,, Freedom of speech,!, And I I'll see how you are quickly escorted to the police station, and the urge to go out and picket will be beaten off laughing