Pardon the long silence here at FutureJacked lately. I was in Europe for nearly two weeks on business. Glad to be back, though this lingering plateau of tension in mood and markets is getting old - not the Mr. Market cares what I think.
Speaking of Europe, negative mood continues to build up under the brittle facade of happy talk. Prime Minister Merkel now gets on board by taking a shot at one of the sacred cows of the last 30 years - the multicultural society. Actually, I might argue that this particular cow has been sacred since the end of World War II. Socionomics marches on:Merkel says German multicultural society has failed
from the BBC
Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have "utterly failed", Chancellor Angela Merkel says.
She said the so-called "multikulti" concept - where people would "live side-by-side" happily - did not work, and immigrants needed to do more to integrate - including learning German.
The comments come amid rising anti-immigration feeling in Germany.
A recent survey suggested more than 30% of people believed the country was "overrun by foreigners..."
Oh my. And to have this come from Germany, which is normally more sensitive to this kind of thing. Actually, I heard a similar sentiment from a few conversations I had with people in Germany and Austria both.
Another trend to watch.