Angela Merkel has essentially functioned as the defacto president of the EU for nearly a decade, and Germany has heavily influenced most key fiscal and monetary decisions. Merkel and her top aides, and the Bundesbank, have pushed the German agenda to help Germany remain the preeminent leader of the EU, and one of the top exporters in the world. Unfortunately, she also pushed her liberal social and foreign policy agenda, and that has resulted in a growing pushback from not only other EU nations, but within Germany itself. When Merkel forced the refugee program on the EU, the pushback began in Hungary and Poland, and has now encompassed many parts of Germany and other EU nations as well. The flood of refugees with no skills and no money was far too much for most other nations to handle, and has led to increases in crime in places like Stockholm and other major cites in Europe. Part of what is driving the politics of Italy is the refugee situation, and now the new government is planning to deport refugees. Muslims will be a majority, or a large voting bloc in some countries in ten years, and that will upend the politics and cultures of the region.