In an extraordinary speech, Merkel admitted yesterday that any attempt to reverse her open invitation to the economic migrants of the world to come to Germany may cause another war in the Balkans. Since not only Bavaria but Hungary, Austria and Slovenia are set to fence their borders before 2016 to stem the flood of migrants, Merkel's admission is a frank and honest acceptance of her personal blame for causing an imminent second Balkans war. The question is, is it now too late to avert it?
Economic migrants on our Sovereign base in Cyprus, meanwhile, who imagined they could blackmail the UK into giving them fast-track entry into Britain, threw a juvenile temper tantrum and burned their tents yesterday as the UK authorities stood firm on their real choices - claiming asylum in Cyprus, or the UK returning them to the Lebanon. One even pretended to hang himself yesterday - but carefully in front of cameras. The migrants are however suffering from a shortage of crying babies to wave at news crews, and have appealed for donations.
The UNHCR are reported to have responded to a wave of criticism over mismanagement and squandering funds by headhunting a New York PR firm to 're image' the organisation; the contract could include a multi-million pound TV ad campaign together with celebrity endorsements for the embattled Agency's senior managers.
Merkel is also beginning to realise that with France's precipitous economic decline into a Euro cripple, only Germany and the UK are rich enough to subsidise the rest of Europe - and if we leave, Germany will have to pick up the tab alone. Given the scores of billions at stake, expect a covert onslaught of secretly funded publicity from Berlin for the 'stay' campaign - and explicit support for Cameron from Merkel, for as long as she remains in power.
Autumn is set to stay interesting ...