Apparently blaming this rising populism - politics that are popular with voters - on the internet, the German chancellor implied the internet would have to be subject to restrictive censorship laws as were enacted by many European nations to stem the disruptive effect of the printing press. She said:
"Very often, it led to enormous transformational processes within individual societies and it took a while until societies learned to find the right kinds of policies to contain this, to manage and steer this. We live in a period of profound transformation."
The saying has been inherited by PEGIDA from the counter-Communist rule movements in East Germany in the 1980's. Merkel, a former member of an East German Communist group, said those words as a protest against overbearing government power and had brought joy to her then but not today. She said:
"At the time when we had [this saying] in the GDR [East Germany] when the people stood in the streets and said 'we are the people' it filled me with great joy, but the fact these people have hijacked it does not fill me with joy."
Merkel wants to silence dissent on the internet using the power of the state. She is a straight-up East German Communist through and through-literally.This week Germany's Zeit newspaper published a piece calling for controls to prevent "a German Donald Trump", while Britain's Independent former newspaper website published a list of "fake" news sites which they claimed may have "swayed votes towards Donald Trump". One of those listed was Breitbart News.