Germany, not to mention the European Union as a whole, has been hit by a double whammy over the past year. First there was Brexit and then the emergence of Donald Trump, two events which were neither expected to happen and have sent shock waves through Europe, shaking the very foundations of the union which, and let’s be honest, exist in Merkel’s Germany.

And Merkel now has at least two fronts to fight as federal elections loom. Yesterday, she suggested that the euro was too low for Germany but made it clear that Berlin had no power to address this "problem" because monetary policy was set by the independent European Central Bank. Was that an admission that even she has some reservations about how the EU is run?

On the other hand, the rise of Trump has given her main political rival, Martin Schulz, a boost. According to yesterday’s Washington Post, Germany is suffering "the kind of Trump bump perhaps never foreseen by his (Schulz) supporters - a boost not for the German nationalists viewed as Trump’s natural allies but for his fiercest critics in the centre left."

In a country that stands as a painful example of the disastrous effects of radical nationalism, Schulz is building a campaign in part around bold attacks on Trump and it appears to be working as he gains momentum by leading the anti-Trump movement in Germany.

And while all this is going on in Germany, which is also concerned about trade tariffs on German products exported to the States, the anti-EU sentiments in a number of other EU member states rumble on with an increasing lack of faith in the EU growing in France, Holland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and even Greece. Merkel must be desperate not to lose her crown.

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Tom / Hace over 4 years

Couldn't take over with two wars so they are trying through the back door only that way is now being closed rapidly what a shame

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S. / Hace over 4 years

There is a strong belief that both the Euro,and The EU, are now in great danger of collapse. Many Countries and their residents, want to return to their original currencies, and autonomous control of their economies. Being controlled by the European Central Bank is very suspect, and not wanted. Germany created the Euro ( Khol ). in an attempt to control Europe, and create an European State Control. But , it is failing fast. Several Countries borrowed Billions of Euros from the ECB. They can not pay back those loans. Perhaps their borrowing was deliberate, knowing they could not repay them?. It leaves the ECB in a very precarious position, if the Euro fails.

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Henry James / Hace over 4 years

I have no doubt that others will follow our example,the end really is neigh..

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