Here I noted the link between Merkel and Trudeau pushing back against Trump's call for the 2% commitment.http://navy.ca/forums/index.php/topic,82898.msg1476774.html#msg1476774
Merkel now noising about the possibility of relaunching the Deutsche Mark ( a good thing, in my opinion) because the Euro "isn't working for Germany".
...During a press conference Mrs Merkel said: "We have at the moment in the euro zone of course a problem with the value of the euro.http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/769045/Angela-Merkel-Euro-Deutsche-Mark-Mike-Pence-Munich-Germany-ECB
"The ECB has a monetary policy that is not geared to Germany, rather it is tailored (to countries) from Portugal to Slovenia or Slovakia.
"If we still had the (German) D-Mark it would surely have a different value than the euro does at the moment.
"But this is an independent monetary policy over which I have no influence as German chancellor."
At the same time we have Sigmar Gabriel, Social Democrat and German Foreign Minister, calling for a good Brexit:
"We should resist the temptation to treat Britain overly harshly - not out of pity but in our own interest,"said Gabriel at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, as reported by The Daily Mail.http://www.businessinsider.com/germanys-foreign-minister-and-vice-chancellor-sigmar-gabriel-at-munich-on-brexit-2017-2
"We need Britain, for example, as a partner in security policy and I am also convinced that Britain needs us."
And we have Wolfgang Schaeuble, Christian Democrat and German Minister of Finance, suggesting a Greek exit from the Euro
"Schäuble told ARD television on Wednesday that the EU’s Lisbon treaty ruled out a debt reduction for Greece. “For that, Greece would have to leave the monetary union,” he said. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/09/greece-hopes-deal-eu-debt-german-warning-single-currency
The real battle for the EU is going to be between Martin Schulz and Angela Merkel.
The French election is a mess - and the politicians there are going to have to listen to the locals one way or another. And despite the fact that Geert Wilders is a decidedly unsavoury candidate, a whole lot of people seem to be buying what he is selling.
I wonder if 2018 will look like 1918 or 1968. For the Europeans, 1918 and 1919 were not good years. 1968 was a fun year for many of the current politicians. They got to riot in the streets.