V4 Report: Merkel surrenders as Schulz and the Socialists pull a virtual coup.

V4 Report: Merkel surrenders as Schulz and the Socialists pull a virtual coup.

V4 Report: Gone are the days of “selfies” and Angela Merkel’s proclamations of “We Can Do It.” How things have changed in Germany during the last 30 months. The CDU surrenders as Martin Schulz and the Socialists pull a virtual coup.

The editor of one leading newspaper has archly called it “the first SPD government led by a CDU chancellor.”

Horst Seehofer, leader of the CSU “sister” Party, was happy for any deal, regardless of the costs, that would keep him in power. Seehofer said the 177-page agreement reached with far-left socialists was well suited to “overcoming the divisions and polarization in our country” and he viewed the deal as extremely positive. Of course he did; Seehofer will become the next Interior Minister.

The biggest losers in the elections, Martin Schulz and the SPD, end up as the winners in Germany’s coalition talks, which is a sign of just how far Merkel has fallen. Amazingly, Schulz will become Foreign Minister, a post considered the second most prestigious in Germany. This comes at a time when Schultz’s personal approval ratings have dropped dramatically after German voters rejected his extreme message.

Merkel has to see the writing on the wall. According to Christian Caryl, gone are the days when Merkel could shape the German political landscape as she wanted. Even if she retains her seat as chancellor, the end of her era is already in sight.

Germany has moved to the left as Martin Schulz and socialists beat-down Merkel and the CDU. According to Caryl, Merkel emerged from the latest coalition negotiations as a dramatically diminished figure. She has been forced to pay an extremely high price to her negotiating partners in the left Social Democratic Party (SPD), and the rank-and-file among her own Christian Democrats (CDU) are unlikely to forget it anytime soon.

Will its new government be capable of formulating a coherent and realistic immigration policy that can undermine the AFD’s appeal? If the current coalition agreement is anything to go by, the answer is no. It apparently caps the number of migrants who may enter the country each year at 220,000 — an amount hardly likely to reassure German voters who are concerned about the effects of mass migration.

Germans see the numbers; at least 1,000,000 new migrants every five years. Good luck. Schulz may know how to negotiate but Old Seehofer does not. The CSU must be embarrassed over this deal.

However, migration is only one of several areas in which Merkel’s weakened position forced her to cede ground to the Social Democrats. Merkel stunningly also ceded the powerful finance ministry to the SPD. The last Minister of Finance, Wolfgang Schauble, understood markets, economics and reality. The SPD does not and this will have repercussions across Europe, especially in Central Europe.

“I think the cabinet formation, as it is now, is a political mistake,” said Christian von Stetten, a CDU lawmaker who represents business interests, told broadcaster ARD, adding that this applied in particular to giving up the finance portfolio.

The game has certainly changed in Europe. The Eurocrat’s dream of a Europe dominated by Paris and Berlin is over. If Merkel is weakened, this will certainly negate the influence of Brussels as more nation states will begin to challenge Berlin and the severely wounded Chancellor.

Emmanuel Macron and Martin Schulz are federalist allies and will definitely attempt to expand the scope and power of the EU, but they simply do not command the respect of Europe to accomplish this. The rest of Europe is moving away from the “Social Democrat” model and even German voters repudiated it. This is a very odd situation in Germany, where three leaders of the political establishment seem to be desperately trying to hold onto power at any cost.

This may not only be the beginning of the end for Merkel, but for the Grand Coalition itself. Every dynasty eventually falls. Let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later.

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Radical EU federalists (Verhofstadt at the ALDE Group) and Green Marxists are now attacking Hungary 🇭🇺 and its people over their free decision to elect Viktor Orban.

Slovakia’s 🇸🇰 new PM stands up to defend Hungary and Visegrad. He is new but off to a strong start.

It’s time for Andrej Babis of the Czech Republic 🇨🇿 to repudiate Guy Verhofstadt and the multicult extremists at ALDE by terminating his association with this extremist group, which has very little in common with the beliefs of the Czech people.* Slovakia 🇸🇰: “Respect the results''. New Slovakian PM Peter Pellegrini defends Visegrad and blasts EU extremists, who are calling for sanctions on Hungary 🇭🇺 after Viktor Orbán’s convincing victory.

** The EU Parliament has turned into a kindergarten playground, full of juvenile brats screaming for attention. They neither respect the Hungarian people, nor do they speak for the mainstream of Europe. Does one need any more evidence of the Open Society’s influence over Brussels?

- Peter Pellegrini called out the European Union after it was suggested the bloc impose voting sanctions on Hungary following the victory of eurosceptic Viktor Orbàn.

Mr Pellegrini told Bloomberg: "I think Hungary is our neighbouring country and I have to say we should not comment on what is going on there because we speak a lot in Brussels about the rule of law.”

"We need to respect democracy and everything. In Hungary there were democratic elections and it is the decision of the Hungarian people and we have to respect the results."

- Last week a draft report from the European Parliament suggested the institution could seek to impose sanctions on Hungary due to "systematic threats to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights."

Judith Sargentini, the MEP charged with the report, said: "It is shocking how many warning have been given since 2010. The time for issuing warnings has passed. We need to stand up for the Hungarian people whose rights have been undermined by their government."

Miss Sargentini is a Dutch politician and member of the radical, far-left GreenParty of the EU Parliament. The Hungarian people are not looking for Green Party extremists like her to “stand up for them”. In fact, Hungarians elected Viktor Orban to defend their country from Cultural Marxists such as Sargentini, who not only fail to grasp reality but also suffer from delusions of grandeur.

The liberal media and EU Parliament are embarrassing themselves and pushing Central Europeans into a corner. Whining and crying about elections that do not produce the results one wishes for is one thing, but trying to punish a people and nation for electing the leaders they wish to represent them is small, unbecoming and reprehensible.

This is no longer something to be “brushed-off” as a disagreement. With this threat and the obnoxious tactics designed to intimidate independent nation states for not voting as the EU pleases, Brussels is declaring war on Hungary and Visegrad. Others in Central Europe cannot remain silent; they will be next.

Pellegrini may not be perfect, but, in our opinion, he is off to a strong start. He realizes the long-term consequences of this poison emanating from Brussels. We applaud his actions to defend his fellow Visegrad neighbor.

- At some point, Visegrad and others in CEE must realize that their culture and values are totally at odds with the ultra-left beliefs of Brussels, Berlin and the leaders of the Western EU bloc. While countries are free to disagree, it crosses the line when one party seeks to impose their beliefs on another party which rejects them.

A “Project” relegated to using force, blackmail and threats to desperately hold a union together will collapse. The future is not the EU, it is too big and its members are too divided. EU solidarity is dead and it’s time to move on.

The future will consist of smaller, less intrusive regional alliances that better reflect the beliefs, traditions and values of its people. It is no longer a question of if......but when.

Following the elections in Austria, Hungary and Italy, the EU has revealed its true colors: The Society of Brussels is not interested in solidarity; rather, they seek submission and domination.

The Battle for the Soul of Europe rages on.....right here and right now. Onward Visegrad! It’s time to take off the gloves.
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Radical EU federalists (Verhofstadt at the ALDE Group) and Green Marxists are now attacking Hungary 🇭🇺 and its people over their free decision to elect Viktor Orban. 

Slovakia’s 🇸🇰 new PM stands up to defend Hungary and Visegrad.  He is new but off to a strong start.

It’s time for Andrej Babis of the Czech Republic 🇨🇿 to repudiate Guy Verhofstadt and the multicult extremists at ALDE by terminating his association with this extremist group, which has very little in common with the beliefs of the Czech people.

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