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paradox of Wilders and Merkel

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Aug 25, 2017 at 06:46

Merkel is called the most powerful woman on the planet and the most powerful politician in Europe. Here's the paradox. She is also the least influential. By that I mean no one outside of Germany would adopt her immigration policy freely even with all the media on her side.

That puts her in an even more isolated spot than the Nazis back in the day. At least there were fascist Spain, Italy, pro-Nazi Sweden, pro-Nazi Switzerland, and some I have forgotten. Noone is on Merkel's side of the immigration issue.

Wilders is the exact opposite. He holds no political power, let alone in the EU. The media are against him too. The paradox is this. Regardless of his lack of power he influences and moves the positions that other right or economically liberal parties in The Netherlands and elsewhere take.

Put in other words: measured by the spread of his positions Wilders is more of a known figure beyond Europe than Merkel.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

You make a good point. Except the Swedes are following Merkel's example.

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