Good­bye An­gela Merkel, who led Europe with great wis­dom

The National - News - - OPINION -

In ref­er­ence to your ex­cel­lent ed­i­to­rial As Merkel sur­ren­ders, the pop­ulists march on (Oc­to­ber 30), it is a sad com­men­tary on our times that a leader like An­gela Merkel, who has led Europe with great wis­dom and sagac­ity, is fad­ing in power. We live in strange times, where pop­ulist lead­ers rule the roost, play­ing on jin­go­is­tic ap­peals. In­stead of en­larg­ing the global eco­nomic pie, they pro­claim, let us con­serve what we have for our own peo­ple and let the rest of the world fend for it­self. Yet the world has al­ways sur­vived when na­tions, like in­di­vid­u­als, help each other in times of war and dis­tress. US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Tump’s elec­tion, Brexit and the rise of right-wing forces in Brazil are all symp­to­matic of this short-term my­opia amongst global lead­ers. Ra­jen­dra Aneja, Dubai

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