The declaine of Germany

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  1. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member


    Decline of Germany

  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Anyone surprised that this opinion piece in the Torygraph includes a gratuitous use of "woke"?
  3. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    I wonder how close to reality the opinion article is?
    And if this is good for US or China?
    Is strong EU good for US? And are we loosing market to China?
  4. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    I would respond. But my internet connection is too unreliable, we have only electricity for 15 minutes a day in Germany and I am too busy to search for potatoes anyway.
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  5. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

  6. mintaru

    mintaru Active Member

    Of course it is. That doesn't mean that Germany isn't in trouble - it is - but it is still a long way from becoming a developing country. If you are really interested then you should take the time to watch the video below. It explains the current economic situation in Germany quite well.

  7. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    Good video, thanks for posting it.
  8. tadj

    tadj Well-Known Member

    The impression of Germany’s profound decline is shared among individuals who know a thing or two about Germany’s history and present-day situation:

    Katja Hoyer is a German-British historian and journalist. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Katja is a Global Opinions columnist for the Washington Post and also writes for The Spectator, The Daily Telegraph, Die Welt and other newspapers on current political affairs in Germany and Europe. Her historical essays have featured in History Today and BBC History Extra.”

    Her books include:

    · Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire 1871–1918 (The History Press, 2021)

    · Beyond the Wall: East Germany, 1949–1990 (Random House, 2023)

    In a recent “The Spectator” magazine article entitled “It feels like the social order is crumbling in Germany”, she wrote:

    I’ve been in and out of Germany a lot in recent months, and it’s hard not to gain the impression that its society is falling apart at the seams. Wherever you go, there seem to be angry political rallies and street protests. The news is full of violent attacks on politicians and activists. The fear is of a resurgence of far-right sentiments nearly eight decades after the fall of the Nazi regime. The concept of irrational German angst has become a bit of a cliche over the years, but this time the threats to social cohesion feel very real.

    “Last year alone there were 3,691 offences against officials and party representatives, 80 of which were violent.”

    This series of assaults on politicians and activists fuel wider fears around the state of Germany’s post-war order. It wasn’t such a long time ago when the country had a reputation for being one of the most stable democracies in the world.”

    Many voters who have turned to the AfD because they feel marginalised by the political mainstream will feel confirmed in this should the party be banned. Violent attackers, like the man who stabbed the anti-Islam activist on Friday, aren’t going to be deterred by harsher sentencing.”

    “Just banning things won’t stop this social erosion. Germany has undergone drastic social change over the last few years with mass immigration, Covid and economic uncertainty chipping away at its fragile sense of stability and cohesion. Instead of attempting to ban the symptoms of this shattering of certainties, politicians should be thinking about their causes.”

    Link to the article:
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