In her first message to President-elect Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel lectured him on gender, racial and religious equality. As the New York Times put it, Merkel "named a price" for Germany's cooperation with the Trump-led administration, namely the "respect for human dignity and for minorities from a man who has mocked both."
If this was anything more than political posturing, and Chancellor Merkel truly cared about "human dignity" or the rights of those most vulnerable, she might have started closer at home.
After a year-long investigation into the mass-sexual attacks in Cologne, where an estimated 2,000 migrant men -- mostly from Arab and Muslim countries -- molested at least 1200 women, almost all the men have managed to walk free.
Last week, the Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Ralf Jäger, confirmed this outcome when he said that "most of the cases [of rape and sexual assault in Cologne] will remain unsolved." Similar coordinated sexual assaults by migrants also took place in other German cities, including Hamburg, where over 500 such cases were reported. They are expected to remain "unsolved" too.
Merkel, who lectured Trump on gender, did not even bother to visit the women who were raped and assaulted in Cologne or other German cities -- even though these women were victims of her own failed open-border policy.
As New Year's Eve approaches again, Merkel's "Multikulti" paradise looks more and more like a police state. According to leaked, confidential police reports published by Germany's Express newspaper, Cologne will be turned into a fortified city to avoid a repeat of last year's mass sexual assaults. Security forces will monitor the streets with helicopters, surveillance cameras, observation posts and mounted units. The city of Hamburg has also reportedly taken similar steps.
While the Merkel government arms the police, efforts are underway to tighten gun laws for the citizenry. As the German state-run broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported on November 28: "Justice Minister Heiko Maas called for tighter weapons laws to prevent guns from falling in to the wrong hands." With this latest initiative, Minister Maas does not mean to target the Islamists who pose an existential threat to Germany and the rest of the Western World, but an obscure German group called the "Reichsbürger."
The Justice Minister apparently shares Merkel's skewed worldview. After the New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Germany, Maas, to "cure" the country's rape epidemic, proposed a ban on "sexist advertising." In April, Deutsche Welle reported:
The aim of the proposal - which is reportedly in response to the sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year's Eve - is to create a "modern gender image" in Germany... In future, posters or ads which "reduce women or men to sexual objects" could be banned. In the case of dispute, a court would have to decide.
Justice Minister Maas evidently cares more about "gender image" than he cares about truly oppressed women and vulnerable children. In a recently drafted new law by his ministry, Mass refused to ban child marriage. Official German statistics estimate the number of married children in Germany at 1,475, of whom 361 are under the age of 14 -- a rising trend thanks to uncontrolled migration from Muslim countries.
As the German newspaper Bild describes the law proposed by Maas:
"a 13-year-old child bride would have to testify against her husband, saying that her well-being as a child is under threat. If neither the child nor the Child Welfare Service lodges a complaint, for all practical purposes the marriage would be declared legitimate."
This law clearly does not take into account the possibility of private coercion against a child, let alone the blinding likelihood of outright threats.
In Merkel's Germany, the rights of an able-bodied migrant man trump the rights of a sexually assaulted woman and subdued child.
Following the electoral victory of Donald Trump, liberals all over are pinning all their hopes on Merkel. The "orphaned" liberals, in essence actually authoritarian, are probably looking for a new leader behind whom to rally. Many in the mainstream in the West are already calling the German Chancellor the "Leader of the Free World." Following Clinton's loss, the U.S. online magazine Politico described Merkel in almost messianic terms as "Global Savior."
As Merkel seeks re-election to a fourth term in the autumn of 2017, she is counting on extremely favourable media coverage and glowing celebrity endorsements to enable her to win again.
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After Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's presidential bid went south, President Barack Obama flew to Germany to endorse Merkel's re-election bid. After Britain's Brexit vote and Trump's White House win, the liberal establishment and its rank and file in the mainstream media seem frantic to keep Merkel in power. Merkel's defeat at the hands of a resurgent nationalist party such as the Alternative for Germany (AfD) would strike their "globalist project" right at the heart of Europe.
Next year's German elections will be first and foremost a referendum on Merkel's open-border policy. It was her suspension of border controls -- or the Dublin Protocol -- in September 2015 that opened the floodgates for Arab and Muslim mass-migration in the first place.
If Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) emerge as the largest party and she manages to head the next ruling coalition, it will be sold by the media and the elites as a vindication of her "Refugees Welcome" policy.
An upset defeat for Merkel, however, could spell doom not only for her policy of mass-migration but for the entire Brussels-based "European project" -- a German "Brexit" ("Dexit"?).
With both France and Germany going to the polls next year, there is the possibility of a democratic, peaceful "European Spring."
Vijeta Uniyal is an Indian current affairs analyst based in Europe.