The crazyness continues in Germany, as the looking glass recedes further and further into the rear-view mirror.
Angela Merkel is deeply unpopular, yet is almost certain to continue as Chancellor. Rape and other crimes continue to be sky-high, yet 2016 looks to be another year of mass-migration.
One might almost think the German government without worry, yet today we hear of an interesting development regarding Pegida co-creator Lutz Bachmann.motivated” and meant to discredit him and PEGIDA.
From the Associated Press:
BERLIN — A leader of the anti-Islam and anti-immigration group PEGIDA will go on trial in April, charged with incitement over Facebook posts calling foreigners “cattle” and “trash.”
Lutz Bachmann wrote on Facebook on Wednesday evening that the trial will open in Dresden on April 19. The district court in Dresden confirmed the date Thursday, news agency dpa reported.
Dresden prosecutors said when they filed charges in October that, with the posts, Bachmann was trying to incite Germans against refugees. Bachmann co-founded PEGIDA, short for Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, which has staged weekly protests in Dresden and spawned similar though less successful groups elsewhere.
Bachmann, who disputes the authenticity of the Facebook posts, wrote that the trial was “purely politically motivated, and meant to discredit him and PEGIDA.
While it is difficult to determine exactly what the mood is within the ruling corridors of power in Berlin, I think the ongoing crackdown against free speech, and the politically inspired charges against Bachmann detailed above, show just how anxious the ruling government is. Cologne seemed to strike a deep nerve, and with chaos increasing across the continent, I would wager Merkel and company are quite frightened.