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April 19, 2016


As Mark Steyn writes in a related essay titled “Where the Streets Have No Jokes:”

You can take the girl out of East Germany, but you can’t take the East Germany out of the girl. In the Eighties, Angela Merkel, was a board member of the FDJ — the “Free German Youth”, the kiddie wing of the one-party state — and the local secretary in charge of “agitprop”. So she has a deep understanding of how art and even humble jokes must serve the needs of the regime — in this case, kissing up to the new sultan.

She’s taking a wrecking ball to the liberal values of postwar Germany, but hey, she made Time magazine’s “Woman of the Year” last year. I hope the tradeoff was worth it, both for her and Europe’s future, or the lack thereof.