BY DAVIDMURRAYLAW@GMAIL.COM

Mach’s Gut, Mutti

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait Painting of Angela Merkel by Elizabeth Payton FAIRUSE

Creative Common Market

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/23/arts/design/angela-merkel-portrait-elizabeth-peyton-vogue.html

 

 

Farewell

 

Mrs Merkel

 

you’ve done swell

 

-mostly.

 

 

You helped keep the EU afloat

 

but not to gloat:

 

its greatest trials

 

lie ahead.

 

 

You mothballed many a nuclear power station

 

only to make the country more dependent

 

on coal for energy generation

 

- and less likely to meet its goals under the Paris Agreement.

 

 

You managed to keep open

 

as so many of your people had been hoping

 

the lines to Moscow and Beijing

 

but at what cost for the future?

 

 

(Do you really think that the pipeline

 

will make it easier to align

 

relations between Russia

 

and 21st century Prussia

 

without alienating your allies

 

and compromising historic ties?

 

You should know at the very least

 

You grew up in the East….)

 

 

I could go on

 

but I do not want to leave the impression

 

that I consider your action

 

a failure: not at all.

 

 

You have done better than most.

 

Yet you leave your post

 

with your country facing greater challenges

 

than when you assumed it

 

 

--and with lesser a woman and men

 

to deal with them.

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