Stinging Defeat for Russia in Germany
Last weekend, Germans went to the polls to choose a new national government, and the pro-Russia party of former German Prime Minister Gerhard Schröder was badly beaten. It’s support in parliament dropped from 34% to 23% and Prime Minister Angela Merkel, who flew to Georgia as soon as Russian tanks rolled in last August to stand by the side of beseiged Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, was decisvely reelected.
The Moscow Times reported that one opposition blogger in Ivanovo posted the following message on his Twitter page: “Good news from Berlin: Putin’s friends lost the election.”
Schröder’s party is now led by one of his closest former confidants, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who currently serves as Prime Minister and functions like a Russian spy in the Merkel regime. His shockingly bad performance, costing his party a third of their support, should lead Merkel to replace him, and opposition forces are jubilant at this prospect.
It is yet another stark humilation for Vladimir Putin, who formerly worked as a spy in German and had promised to create a whole knew relationship for Russia with the Germans.
Meanwhile, the latest Russian opinion poll data shows that Russians are even more convinced than they were a year ago that Dima Medvedev is nothing but Putin’s alter ego. While 77% said so last year, 81% are convinced of it this year. Russians are saying overwhelmingly, in other words, that their government is a sham and a fraud. Only one-fifth of Russian citizens believe their president can pursue an independent course of action if he chooses.
Despite this, and despite Putin’s manifest failure to manage either Russia’s foreign or domestic policy effectively, the lemming-like citizens of Russia continue to award Putin75%+ job approval and allow him to continue making noises about returning to formal power as an Africa-like “president for life.” Little wonder, then, that Russians don’t rank in the top 130 nations of the world for lifespan. They choose to be governed by malignant incompetence, and they richly deserve the predictable suffering that results.