Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer: Angela Merkel denounces Internet Neutrality

German chancellor, Angela Merkel, with Marc Zuckerberg.

German chancellor, Angela Merkel, with Marc Zuckerberg.

Almost 70 years after the end of World War II, Germany has become a financial powerhouse that uses its financial and political prowess to influence European politics.

The European Union is polarized between the poorer countries of the South and the German “axis” that handles the majority of the capital.

Angela Merkel, German chancellor since 2005, is a particularly powerful woman politician, following the footsteps of the late Margaret Thatcher.

In a recent speech about her vision of the Internet’s future, Angela Merkel positioned herself against Internet Neutrality, the notion that all global services on the Internet are given equally wide lanes to operate on.

Merkel supports a two-speed Internet, where services such as on-demand video streaming, telemedicine or driverless cars would be among those required to pay a premium price for high speed access.

It’s alarming seeing Germany attempting to regulate the Internet and its freedom for other Europeans, and something that will definitely raise the temperature in European politics in the months and years to come.

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