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The Republic of ArcticOne wrote:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39285803
Lang leve de Nederland!

well now thats a shame.... well there still hope in the french election coming up and elections in Germany in a few months will probably see Merkel out.

The Northern Cresent and Anglo-Afrikaner South Africa

It's not a shame. He wanted to extend state surveillance and limit freedom of expression and press, even ban certain books.

The Northern Cresent and ArcticOne

The Community of Jute wrote:It's not a shame. He wanted to extend state surveillance and limit freedom of expression and press, even ban certain books.

oh..... that part i didn't know of..... well now i just don't care bout who won in the Netherlands but there still the French elections and future German elections and Merkel has been nothing but trouble for Germany and u can quote me so its easier.

The Northern Cresent

The lesson is: don't vote or support a politician based on a single or two issues. He was literally the least privacy-friendly candidate and a number of his ideas would have been entirely unconstitutional or just imfeasible as of now.

The Northern Cresent

Gonna be experimenting with different flags to see which one i like so until i confirm just ignore my flag

The Northern Cresent and ArcticOne

The Republic of New Alossa wrote:well now thats a shame.... well there still hope in the french election coming up and elections in Germany in a few months will probably see Merkel out.

I don't know how I feel about Merkel, but I sure as hell don't want anyone from the AfD in power. Also, putting the Front National in power would be a disaster for France, especially if they pursue anti-EU policies.

The Northern Cresent

probably gonna stick with this flag for now

The Northern Cresent

The AfD might get into the parliament, but as of now their chances of getting into power are extremely slim. They would effectively have to gain 40-50 % of the votes, as other parties are very unlikely to want a coalition with them, and are now at below 10 %.

One of their party members said that Germany should do a "180 turn" when it comes to how the remembering of the Nazi history should be handled, and called the monument in memory of those killed during the holocaust a "shame", so you might be able to understand why. At least some other ones want him gone from the party, but this is far from the only person and only time they said something that makes them people you really don't want to govern with.

Usniya, The Northern Cresent, and ArcticOne

Also, in what way has Merkel been "nothing but trouble"? Germany is economically better off than almost all of its neighbors, and has despite their huge population and recent influx of refugees surprisingly little problems. They do have problems, for sure, but not on the scale that many feared would come. Living in a somewhat remote city of Germany myself, I can actually attest to that. Never had any problems outside or so myself, even though there are both a number of right-wing extremists and refugees here.

Usniya and The Northern Cresent

The Crumbling Kletrian Republic of Aetaris wrote:*waves*

your first post since i arrived from the now ancient ruins of Elemental Chaos

The Northern Cresent

The Republic of New Alossa wrote:your first post since i arrived from the now ancient ruins of Elemental Chaos

Hello Alossa :)

I'm not apologizing for inactivity or really coming back, just checking in real quick and saying hello to everyone.

Babylatia, The Northern Cresent, Sestaneneet Nepaslind, New Alossa, and 1 otherAnglo-Afrikaner South Africa

The Crumbling Kletrian Republic of Aetaris wrote:Hello Alossa :)
I'm not apologizing for inactivity or really coming back, just checking in real quick and saying hello to everyone.

But pls come back

Aetaris, Usniya, The Northern Cresent, New Alossa, and 1 otherAnglo-Afrikaner South Africa

probably gonna stick with this flag for a while. The reason i switch flags is cause I'm searching for the one that feels right to me and one i can easily picture in my head when I'm not logged in

The Northern Cresent

screw it going back to my original flag

The Northern Cresent

The Community of Jute wrote:Also, in what way has Merkel been "nothing but trouble"? Germany is economically better off than almost all of its neighbors, and has despite their huge population and recent influx of refugees surprisingly little problems. They do have problems, for sure, but not on the scale that many feared would come. Living in a somewhat remote city of Germany myself, I can actually attest to that. Never had any problems outside or so myself, even though there are both a number of right-wing extremists and refugees here.

To play devil's advocate here, Merkel isn't exactly the reason that the German economy is great. From my understanding, it was her predecessor that installed the economic policies that allowed for Germany's impressive growth, but he was booted out because the economic improvement didn't come in time for his re-election bid. Merkel's policies have mostly been inoffensive and standard: proposals for Keynesian action when growth slows, ignoring the economy when the growth is good. She's like Obama in that regard: certainly not an economic savior, but also can't really be blamed for bad turns.

How you feel about Merkel depends pretty much entirely on how you feel about the European Union and about her handling of Syrian refugees. If you are a fan of the EU and believe that her actions with the refugee crisis were good (as I do), then odds are you like her. If you were a Brexiteer/anti-EU and believe that her insistence on accepting refugees was disastrous for Europe and Germany, odds are you want her out.

Honestly, for whatever reason she's become such a political symbol for the establishment that I don't really believe anything that is said about here unless the source is German (and even then I take it with plenty of grains of salt).

The Northern Cresent, The Anglo-Japan Union, and Anglo-Afrikaner South Africa

The Republic of New Alossa wrote:screw it going back to my original flag

I thought both of your new flags were good, especially the one you have now (red and white with the cross/fleur-de-lis thing).

But don't listen to me: follow your heart.

The Northern Cresent

The Republic of New Alossa wrote:screw it going back to my original flag

Suit yourself however you like. Seems most folks on Nationstates'll work with a few flags before they find one that speaks to them. Course, there's some that are happy with their 1st flag and stick with it. Depends on the person.

Yeah, I haven't ever changed my flag in more than three years :P

ArcticOne, Merkel is essentially the leader of the "free world" now, of course she is the representative now rather than Obama or Bush. It wasn't really planned by anyone, but that's how things go sometimes, I guess.

ArcticOne

The Community of Jute wrote:Yeah, I haven't ever changed my flag in more than three years :P

Course you hadn't. You're Jute. Would be nice to switch it up every once in a while, but your flag does suit your nation real good. It's become iconic.

The Community of Jute wrote:ArcticOne, Merkel is essentially the leader of the "free world" now, of course she is the representative now rather than Obama or Bush. It wasn't really planned by anyone, but that's how things go sometimes, I guess.

I suppose she is the last major liberal leader standing. Technically, the Orange One is the leader of the free world, although calling him a leader of any kind is a little bit of a stretch.

Babylatia

Because I can't be bothered to put in effort when I could just steal someone else's work, my new flag is a recolored Union Jack. (Also because Aetaris is supposed to have an ever-so-slightly British vibe; Aetarean accents cover the whole range of British accents)

Babylatia and ArcticOne

Quite frankly, I don't hardly know anything about Merkel, but I don't really want her to step down or nothing. She's been leading Germany for so long, I've gotten used to it and it'd be a bit hard for me to think of anybody else in that position. Irrational, I know, but that's just the way I feel about it.

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