Die Welt Calls For Merkel’s Resignation, Slams “EU’s Gravedigger”
“Britain Votes Merkel Out Of Office, Too” is the astonishing headline from Germany’s 3rd largest newspaper Die Welt. Pinning the blame for The Brits’ vote, the op-ed lambasts The EU’s political failure, “The British do not leave the EU as narrow-minded snobs that had not meant it to happen that way, but as proud democrats that no longer wanted to put up with the snags and political failures of the EU;” and puts the blame squarely on the sagging shoulders of Angela Merkel (and her solo attempts at refugee policy)… “voters in Britain basically also voted Angela Merkel out of office. Before she becomes the EU’s gravedigger for good, she should follow David Cameron’s example.”
Britain leaves the EU because a majority no longer wants to tolerate the union’s political failure. One key factor contributing to that is the German chancellor’s solo attempts in the refugee policy.
The exit of the British marks the beginning of a new era, perhaps less so for Britain, which never really felt at home in the EU, rather than for the rest of Europe. Eventually, citizens between Scotland and the White Cliffs of Dover did not only vote David Cameron out of office, but also the hesitant and narrow-minded leaders in the EU whose arguments did not persuade a majority. Their policy of stubbornly sitting it all out has also failed.
What has until now been the biggest democratic field test on membership in what used to be an exclusive club called EU has demonstrated three things: first, despite undisputable merits, the EU in its current state is simply incapable of mustering majority support. As a result, second, the institutions simply cannot muddle along, out of touch with reality as they are, as they have done so far. And third, the current leaders have been unable to halt the obvious erosion of the biggest political project of the day. Structural problems and crises have apparently been too much for the professional troubleshooters in the compromise factory called EU.