Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has come out with an inflammatory rant targeting free speech that opens her to comparisons of one of her most notorious predecessors.
Merkel falsely claimed that Germany recognizes a tradition of free expression and called for draconian restrictions on views she finds offensive in the speech, given to the German legislature on Wednesday.
Angela Merkel is not known for her passion. But in this fiery speech about freedom of expression, the chancellor was unusually emotional. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/TbysWvOb0K
— DW Politics (@dw_politics) November 27, 2019
“Freedom of expression has its limits. Those limits begin where hatred is spread. They begin where the dignity of other people is violated. This house will and must oppose extreme speech.”
Of course, any serious proponent of real free speech recognizes that definitions of ‘hatred’ and ‘extreme speech’ are entirely subjective, and often used by establishment politicians such as Merkel to silence those who threaten her power.
Many western liberals have adopted a broad definition of hate speech that encompasses any and all criticism of mass immigration, a contentious issue in Germany that appears to have inspired Merkel’s call for censorship.
European liberals such as Merkel have become staunch advocates of privately-enforced social media censorship in recent years, with the German Chancellor rebuking Facebook oligarch Mark Zuckerberg for his refusal to go even further in purging anti-immigration and right wing speech from his platform.
It comes as a acute irony to many to see those known as champions of western liberalism such as Merkel embrace views antithetical to the free speech tradition thought to be essential to liberal values.
Germany already has laws on the books that mandate private companies pay millions of dollars in fines if they refuse to censor patriotic or right-wing content hosted on their platforms. But that’s not enough for the nation’s globalist authoritarian chancellor.
Merkel’s been the German head of state since 2005.
Italian Populist Youth Group Praises Trump for His Peace Efforts
The Lega Nord is one of Europe’s strongest populist parties.
The Lega Giovani, the youth branch of Salvini’s Lega party, announced its support in nominating President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Due to Trump’s efforts in brokering peace deals between Gulf Arab states and Israel, one Norwegian lawmaker Christian Tybring-Gjedde nominated the president for the Nobel Peace prize.
In a statement, Luca Toccalini, a member of the Italian Parliament and Chairman of Lega Giovani, declared that the “globalist left is losing its mind, scared by the outcome of the upcoming American elections, and this latest news decisively increased their worries.”
Toccalini added that Lega Giovani “strongly” supports the “nomination of President Donald Trump, a just reward for the continued dedication of his administration for lasting peace with a bilateral and multi polar approach.”
The populist Italian member of Parliament noted how Trump’s Middle East agenda has contrasted with Obama’s:
After a decade of turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, sponsored by a globalist agenda and President Obama’s dreams of revolution, the last 4 years have seen great improvement for the stability in our neighbourhood which has also helped Europe.
Wishing four more years of peace and greatness, as Lega Giavani we strongly support Donald J. Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Matteo Salvini and Lega have led the way in putting populism on the map throughout Europe. Salvini broke the mold by implementing pro-gun reforms in 2018 and 2019. What seems like a concept that is only confined to the U.S., now the right to bear arms is starting to enter the conversation in Europe. Political organizations like Lega have undoubtedly changed political discourse in Italian politics and Europe, for that matter.
Youth organizations such as Lega Giovani will play a substantial role in spreading Lega’s message and educating younger generations of Italians and preparing them to be the new populist vanguard of an ever-changing European polity.
The message can be read here.
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