A few decades ago, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was referred to the Iron Lady.
More recently, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has acquired the nickname of Iron Chancellor, in reference to Otto von Bismarck, who ruled the German Empire from 1871 to 1890.
Merkel has been Chancellor since 2005 and is known for her tough stands on many issues, including her oft anti-Trump stances.
She has remained in control with the help of support from both left-wing, moderate and right-wing supporters.
However, her right-wing support is crumbling as a result of Merkel’s feud with Hans-Georg Maassen, President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, otherwise known as the nation’s spy agency.
(New York Times – the anti-Trump news agency) – A growing rift between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her own intelligence chief has raised questions about whether Germany’s security apparatus is too sympathetic to the far right to effectively monitor its links to neo-Nazi groups, becoming the latest test for an ever-weaker and embattled chancellor.
Last week, the country’s domestic intelligence chief, Hans-Georg Maassen, questioned the authenticity of a video showing an immigrant being chased by far-right protesters, directly contradicting the chancellor.
Since then, calls for his resignation have increased. But on far-right forums and rallies, Mr. Maassen is being celebrated as a hero and a defender of “truth.”
German news media reported this week that the chancellor wants him gone, but that step could threaten her fragile government, which depends on support from both the left and the increasingly emboldened right wing of her own coalition…
My friends in Europe all tell me that Merkel is a scary woman with too much power.
They say that her power isn’t just over the German nation, but in the European Union as well.
All of them believe that Germany and the European Union would be better without Merkel.
However, the growing support for Maassen is from the far-right and that’s not good either and it includes many neo-Nazis.
What Germany, Great Britain, the United States, and many other nations need is a ruler like Abraham Kuyper, who ruled the Netherlands from 1901 to 1905.
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