At home, the hard-right Alternative for Germany party has scored a string of victories in state elections."Hard-right," of course, means simple common sense and patriotism. It's a term that will never be published within a 1,000 miles of the term "hard-left," unless the Times allows it to happen accidentally.
How else to explain the appointment of Anetta Kahane, the former Stasi informer, as the woman in charge of monitoring the internet for "xenophobic" comments? There's an appointment that virtually shouts out one's commitment to the key liberal right of free speech! (Kahane's views on open borders and "diversity" are the by-now-current mad views, and are yet another reason to understand that "liberalism" to Merkel and the New York Times means obliteration of whites. Sign me up!!)
Paying lip service to "democracy, freedom, as well as respect for the rule of law and the dignity of each and every person regardless of their origin, skin color, creed, gender, sexual orientation or political views" is apparently sufficient to establish Merkel's "liberal" credentials. Smale and Erlangernov, ace New York Times reporters, have the political acumen of children. Blowing airy lefty bubbles and indulging in lefty intimidation do not amount to liberalism.
 "Donald Trump’s Election Leaves Angela Merkel as the Liberal West’s Last Defender." By Alison Smale and Steven Erlangernov, New York Times. 12, 2016 (link omitted).