The exploratory talks on forming a new German government, which have dragged on for nearly four months now with different actors, are characterized above all by the utter lack of any concept of the future. Such is the assessment given by Helga Zepp-LaRouche in an article written on Jan. 6, 2018 for Neue Solidarität. Meanwhile, a growing number of Germans have come to realize that Angela Merkel really cares very little about the common good. In the latest poll published by DIMAP, she came in only third with a 52% rating, behind the current Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel of the SPD, at 62%, and Cem Ozdemir, a leader of the Green Party, at 53%. Of those polled, 67% think that Merkel’s best time as Chancellor is behind her.
Among the various issues brought up at the G20 summit in Hamburg, which received relatively little coverage, is the possibility that the German government will agree to cooperate with China in the development of Africa. Helga Zepp LaRouche, who has long promoted such an approach, welcomed the apparent shift. Chancellor Merkel appears to be motivated in large part by the dramatic escalation of the refugee crisis in Europe and her wish to prevent more migrants from coming.