Germany is being run by zombie parties, led by a chancellor who is oblivious to the political reality of her nation, Europe, and the world. The era of Angela Merkel is coming to an end. In November she will celebrating her fourteenth anniversary as German chancellor. Besides the rest of the German political elite, corporate leaders, and media, few others will be celebrating. Ms Merkel was once hailed in mainstream media as the “de-facto leader of the European Union” and “the most powerful woman in the world”. Before her disastrous speech concerning the climate crisis at the UN in September, Ms Merkel jumped at the chance to have her picture taken with Greta Thunberg, sitting herself next to the young activist in a waiting area. Anything that might give her some sort of credibility or shine.