Angela Merkel has been named as one of the dangers to security for 2017
Backfiring migrant policies have led to a rocky year for the German Chancellor who was heavily criticised for her “open-door” approach to those fleeing war in Syria.
Hundreds-of-thousands of migrants answered her call and the mass migration quickly divided the nation.
Mrs Merkel backed down on her stance, taking a tougher line just months ahead of Germany’s general election.
Bans on Islamic dress and a clamp down on migration have formed the backbone of a new approach by the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
She has since vowed not to allow a repetition of last year's migrant influx, when nearly 900,000 migrants poured into Germany, and drew cheers when she said the Muslim full-face veil was not compatible with German culture.
Merkel has now been named the third biggest danger to the world – behind Donald Trump and China.
Angela Merkel was listed third biggest danger in 2017 while Trump was first
Merkel has faced a series of challenges that continue to undermine her leadership. First, a refugee policy that lacks durable support at home and across Europe.
American think-tank Eurasia Group compiled its annual report, Top Risks 2017: The Geopolitical Recession, naming Ms Merkel as one of the biggest threats.
Violent terror attacks and lack of support for her policies, as well as Merkel climbing down on her original stance will be even more dangerous for the globe and relations between nations, the think-tank said.
The report reads: “Merkel has faced a series of challenges that continue to undermine her leadership.
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“First, a refugee policy that lacks durable support at home and across Europe, a problem made worse by terrorist attacks and domestic incidents blamed on refugees.
“A series of corporate crises involving some of Germany’s most important companies, such as Volkswagen, Deutsche Bank, and Lufthansa. Finally, the rise of populism has undermined support for her dream of a stronger Europe—both with stunning electoral victories across eastern Europe and in referenda in the UK and Italy and the rise of Germany’s Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) party.”
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The report claimed Merkel will turn into a “diminished figure” on the global stage – now that she is facing having to address issues at home and in the EU.
It states: “Merkel’s geopolitical clout is eroding just as quickly.
“Obama didn’t always deliver on his commitments, but the relationship was personally warm and diplomatically well aligned. Not so with Trump, who cares little for the values that are core to Merkel’s leadership.
“When the US-Russia relationship comes back on line, other European states will see an opportunity to rebuild ties with Moscow.
“Brexit will remove British support for her leadership. The Italians, for a brief moment a stronger pro-EU force, will return to weak governments.
“In France, if Marine Le Pen is elected president and calls a referendum on EU membership, her government will become Merkel’s antagonist.
“If Francois Fillon wins, Merkel will be dealing with a major ally that tilts toward Putin.
“Europe has never needed a strong Merkel more. In 2017, she’ll be unavailable for the role.
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Experts at the Eurasia Group said 2017 marks “the most volatile political risk environment in the postwar period” especially with Donald Trump in the White House – and the rise of the Right in Europe.
Conflict, it claims, is entirely possible.
It states: “It needn’t develop into a geopolitical depression that triggers major interstate military conflict and/ or the breakdown of major central government institutions.
“But such an outcome is now thinkable, a tail risk from the weakening of international security and economic architecture and deepening mistrust among the world’s most powerful governments.”
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The Munich Security Conference released its own report on Monday, saying there is nowadays a greater instability since the outbreak of the Second World War.
In an interview with German daily 'Tagesspiegel', the head of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, admitted that Trump scares him.
He said: "Trump said he took Putin as important as Angela Merkel. It cannot be equidistant. It worries me that he says, let's see who our partner is."
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