On August 20th, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Greta Thunberg, the post-puberty teenage climate activist who has yet to finish high school, get a college degree, move out of the house – let alone gain any work experience – but believes she is supremely qualified to tell everyone how the planet needs to be run.
It appears this nonsense is beginning to dawn on some German dailies, like the flagship Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). According to the FAZ, Merkel meeting with Greta is “a confirmation of leadership poverty”.
Hat-tip: Die kalte Sonne.
It seems Merkel exploited the opportunity as a photo op. “Has Germany reached an agreement with the United States? Has Berlin brought China on board? No, even better: Greta was with Angela (Merkel),” the FAZ comments. “You can only get people on board if you get photographed with people you know.”
Merkel’s “street populism”
“What an indictment of democratically elected governments, especially of a ‘climate chancellor’, to pretend that they only see the light through Greta,” the FAZ added. “Elevating the undoubtedly impressive young woman to the rank of Joan of Arc of climate protection snubs countless experts as well as the principle of democracy – but it fits into a time of rather plain street populism.”
Greta meets with Merkel as she and FFF leaders are greeted by an organized but waning group of activists.