Most alarming, since Germany is the strongest, most central European country, is the strength of its far-right Alternative for Germany.
The vicious slogans of the AfD and its fascist accompanists as well as to the guilty leaders of the old parties are still steering Germany into ever more dangerous waters.
The influx of immigrants and asylum-seekers--over a million in 2015--has split Germany into two nearly equal halves.
Political porcelain has been broken, raising questions on what went wrong and, to quote that old Abbott and Costello routine, "Who's on first?" for the next five years.
Instead of trying to improve its frayed, faded image as a progressive force, this party pays even more attention to "healthy business interests" and thus "encourage the economy."
An American woman has been honored for her heroic work against the Nazis in World War II.