I've been reading into German politics a lot recently. From contact with many young people in Germany it's pretty clear that the younger demographic despise Merkel and aren't exactly keen on the EU. That view never seems to get represented in Germany so I was interested in why. I found this article written by a respected German journalist which was really interesting. https://www.politico.eu/article/germany-democracy-problem-history/ It basically talks about how Germany is a less democratic country than the rest of Europe as the establishment is scared of the people. Due to its history, and the fact the nation embraced Hitler and his policies, the Germany political class do not trust it's public to make sensible decisions so blocks them from having any real political influence. The thinking is that democracy is young in Germany and the 'powers that be' need to keep the stabilisers on. It appears that campaigns are now happening to try and change this. It's a good thing as the German political class is obviously in need of a serious shake up. It took 141 days to form a government after their last elections. That's nearly half a year of complete blockage on anything in the country which is about on par with the UKs Brexit stuff. It worries me slightly that a country which is obviously in so much crisis is at the forefront of the EU, same with France really. To be honest I think the politcal leaders of some of these European countries (Germany, Spain, France) are delighted that the UK has got themselves into this mess with Brexit. I think it's a perfect excuse for them not to have their own referendum (where most of them would vote to leave too) and also to distract away from their own political sins by pointing at the 'stupid ignorant empire loving racist Brits'.