Angela Merkel and Brendan McGahon: two brave hearts
Aristotle says courage is the chief virtue. Luckily for Europe, Angela Merkel, like the late Brendan McGahon, is blessed with bravery.
We will desperately need her courage in 2017. To echo Yeats, the centre is not holding and anarchy is waiting in the wings.
Germany, France and the Netherlands hold elections this year. In all three states reactionary parties are bidding to make big gains.