So Frau Merkel vows to continue with her pet project, despite the consequences.
Like some cartoon character, who ignores the cliff edge getting closer, she is determined to run on and over the precipice, and it might be funny, except that this Chancellor is just as determined to take her own nation, and the rest of Europe, with her, on this one-way trip to oblivion.
What hold does she have on the German population, and what is wrong with German politics and European Democracy, that one insane vision can destroy the lives of so many millions of people?
In the UK at least, one good thing has come out of her intransigence.
Many of those who, just a few short weeks ago, were inconsolably upset by the Brexit vote, must now be thinking: 'Thank God for that'.