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Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:31 PM

Merkel says pandemic reveals limits of 'fact-denying populism'

Source: The Hill

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told European Union (EU) countries Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic is showing the limits of “fact-denying populism” as she urged the bloc to reach an agreement on an economic recovery package.

Merkel said that the EU “must show that a return to nationalism means not more, but less control,” according to France 24.

Without naming any specific nations, Merkel said: “We are seeing at the moment that the pandemic can't be fought with lies and disinformation, and neither can it be with hatred and agitation.”

“Fact-denying populism is being shown its limits,” she added. “In a democracy, facts and transparency are needed. That distinguishes Europe, and Germany will stand up for it during its presidency."

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/international/506393-merkel-says-pandemic-reveals-limits-of-fact-denying-populism

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Reply Merkel says pandemic reveals limits of 'fact-denying populism' (Original post)
brooklynite Jul 8 OP
Budi Jul 8 #1
calimary Jul 8 #11
Pacifist Patriot Jul 8 #2
BootinUp Jul 8 #3
applegrove Jul 8 #4
erronis Jul 8 #14
applegrove Jul 8 #16
IllinoisBirdWatcher Jul 8 #5
empedocles Jul 8 #6
cp Jul 8 #7
ffr Jul 8 #8
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jul 8 #9
Auggie Jul 8 #10
Buckeye_Democrat Jul 8 #12
Yeehah Jul 8 #13
jcgoldie Jul 8 #15
IcyPeas Jul 8 #17
Roc2020 Jul 8 #18
DSandra Jul 8 #19
Karadeniz Jul 8 #20
BigmanPigman Jul 8 #21
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CatLady78 Jul 9 #23

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:34 PM

1. She is absolutely correct.

Fact-denying populism is being shown its limits,” she added. “In a democracy, facts and transparency are needed.
That distinguishes Europe, and Germany will stand up for it during its presidency."


Populism is a ruse.

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Response to Budi (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 02:19 PM

11. Certainly distinguishes them FROM us...

and all our lovely science-deniers and anti-facts farts.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:36 PM

2. Nailed it.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:36 PM

3. Well put. Nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:39 PM

4. She's assuming populist leaders in Brazil and the US don't want the immunocompromized

to be culled to save healthcare and pension costs into the future. You know, government being run as a business and the bottom line. We don't know..... but people are saying...

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Response to applegrove (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 03:11 PM

14. I've wondered the same. But the economics of deallng with a massive (60%+) die-off has to be hard.

Just transporting that many rotting corpses to a massive grave (old copper mines?) would be a huge cost.

But perhaps doing away with the needs of Medicare (no more old people), Medicaid, Social Security would pay for it.

Long term though - the younger people left to inherit this country - how will they feel about living and getting older? How will the multi-billionaires continue to reap their rewards?

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Response to erronis (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 03:15 PM

16. What does it say that we even have to ask ourselves? We don't have to ask in Canada.

Sending you big vibes.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:47 PM

6. limits of'fact denying populism', lying, stupidity, incredible self servingness, rottness, toxicity

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:48 PM

7. Tell it, sister!

We could have had our own Merkel.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 01:59 PM

8. How weird is it that Germany is the good guy in the world and America is the facists ass sore?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 02:07 PM

9. Gee I wonder who she's talking about?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 02:15 PM

10. Perfectly put

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 02:25 PM

12. Populism can result in better TV ratings, though!

And stupidity is apparently what's most entertaining in the USA right now.

Scientists and medical doctors are booooring! (Not to me, but that seems to be the consensus among many Americans.)

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 02:42 PM

13. Merkel has earned my respect

Although I will continue to despise the CDU.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 03:13 PM

15. Burn!

to Ms. Merkel.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 03:19 PM

17. thank gawd she's not talking about the U.S.A.....

Oh wait......





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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 04:02 PM

18. This virus is exposing a lot of straight BS

when only facts and reality remains many will be destroyed economically, socially, mentally, their health, their family, their friends, institutionally etc. CV19 is a revolution masked in a virus.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 04:05 PM

19. Oh how I wish I lived in a country with smart, reasonable, non crazy, non-sociopathic people

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 04:24 PM

20. Now whom might she have in mind?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 06:05 PM

21. And her background is in Science!

She knows what facts are and what BS is.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 06:37 PM

22. No Shite.. Thank you, Angela Merkel!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 12:43 PM

23. Merkel

Is conservative but not insane. As conservatives go she is not too bad. And she has a background in physics!

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