Empress Merkel of the EU!
It seems that the fragmentation of the beautiful European unity dream is verging on dangerous levels of delusion for Autocrat Angela, Chancellor of the European First Order, as dour as Supreme Leader Snoke and graced with far less charisma! However, there is nowhere near as much historical and legendary cache that bears as much store as the term "Empress," and history has a cynical way repeating itself. Some may liken Merkel to Hitler - absurd - or Napoleon, but her quest for unity and placing the EU as an immutable force, a global superpower with two capitals - Brussels and Berlin - is more akin to Peter the Great.
Initially ruler of Russia with his brother Ivan V, Peter assumed single rule upon his brother's death in 1696 - having been just 10-years-old when becoming co-Tsar in 1682. Within those 29 years of solo power and majority, it was less for territorial gains that Peter the Great is known (although he made plenty) it is more for how he transformed Russia. Peter travelled Europe and visited William III in England, visiting Oxford and Greenwich. He learned many lessons on naval operations from Greenwich and city building by visiting Manchester. Journeying all over Western Europe, Peter adopted much of the sophistication of the French court, dispensed with arranged marriages and further Medieval customs. The extent of his modernisation, stripping his nation of anachronistic traditions, he unified his country as a progressive outward looking Empire to welcome in the new age of Enlightenment, St Petersburg his glittering new second capital.
292 years after Peter the Great's death, Russia's presence is ostensibly surplus to requirements in international summits. Their attendance as a former G8 nation was deemed inappropriate to further talks since 2014, and the only other progressiveness of a kind was that the Sicily G7 summit this year was the first in Italy without Silvio Berlusconi in attendance and the first to have two female leaders there - Merkel and May. While the left-wing media salivated over the potential Macron/Trudeau bromance, they failed to let this Brokeback Mountain moment stop them from erupting like Sicily's Mount Etna over politic's Persona Non-Grata, Donald Trump. He swept into Sicily like a Don Corleone returning home, and the old mobster he wished to slay was the Paris Climate Deal and other G7 nation's lack of NATO spending.
After shoving aside the Prime Minister of Montenegro at last week's NATO summit, Trump elbowed out of the way platitudes of other NATO heads of state and their reluctance to meet spending targets on the military obligations of the organisation. On the island shaped like an object about to be kicked by Italy's boot, President Trump toe punted global consensus out of the water, by refusing to commit to the UN's Paris Climate Agreement, which aims for the following:
a) Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change; (b) Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production; (c) Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.
It was after Trump's intransigence and clear implication of his Climate Change denial that Angela Merkel has decided to enact her power play. Stating over the weekend in Berlin that she has serious reservations over America's dependability under Donald Trump, saying that the days Europe can depend on others were "over to a certain extent". Not only was her ire aimed at Washington, but at the UK too, however, the following day Chancellor Merkel curtailed her diatribe somewhat. Insisting that she was a "convinced Trans-Atlanticist" Merkel affirmed she would remain close partners with America, though still maintaining that Europeans must take the future into their own hands. She even added a warning to the US over isolationism:
"Anyone who today puts on national blinkers and no longer has eyes for the world around him is, I am convinced, ultimately out on a limb." She added. Left-wing media are lauding Merkel as the new leader of the free world, overlooking the fact that she is essentially in the driving seat of Germany and 26 other nations that didn't elect her, all by the grace of Brussels and German financial investment in the EU. Her insistence on taking in refugees and strongarming the rest of Europe into doing so ensures that she is a harbinger for eradicating European cultural traditions (and not for the better). Secretly, she hopes for US isolation and economic ruin and is desperate for it to happen to Britain - as an example of the disaster awaiting apostates from Brussels. Because US decline not only will coincide with China's ascendancy, but she hopes potential American irrelevancy will coincide with Europe's closer integration while she resides at the apex of the triumvirate formed by herself, Emmanuel Macron and Donald Tusk. History tells us what happens to the weaker links of a Triumvirate (Crassus and Pompeii); additionally, it reminds us that empires crumble (Russia into the Soviet Union, Julius Caesar and the Ides of March, before he could even declare himself Emperor). Furthermore, Europeans that have attempted to take on America have never been successful in their endeavours, Merkel's power play is in truth hugging covers around her, hoping the monstrous anti-Globalisation movements evaporate.