When Foreign Secretary and soon to become Federal President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, called president-elect Donald Trump a „hate preacher“ and refused to apologize, you get an idea of how politics are debated in Germany. Trickle down political correctness and consensus rules, implemented by the MSM and public TV, that every citizen, regardless if he owns a TV or not, has to pay for by legal compulsion.
Thus, conservative arguments are scarce in the public debate. In many minds, convervatism belongs to „The Right“ and that, for left-wing zealots in the media and many other, equals Naziism. Germans getting ever stronger and braver battling the Third Reich, the longer it is gone. Being on „The Right“ is a pejorative word in Germany. Conservative voices you find mainly in the blogosphere. Yet there are several efforts in place, to quiet them. For example the „Amadeo-Antonio-Stiftung“, a foundation, run by Anetta Kahane, an active ex-informant of the „Stasi“ (the secret Police in the deceased, totalitarian German Democratic Republic). Mrs. Kahane thus has a rich experience in how to quiet critical voices. It should come as a surprise, that deparments of the German Government fund this foundation with millions of Dollars per year. To battle „hate speech“ and so forth. Instead of focussing on attacking the extreme right, that challenges the constitution, the foundation concentrates heavily on discrediting blogs that are extremely succesful and critical to the government of Mrs. Merkel. According to the – tax funded – foundation, it is hate speech to use the term „economic refugee“ for an individual not entitled to asylum.