In the long game, the real game that is what States have played with one another for hundreds if not thousands of years, German and the UK are enemies.
Whilst we have some culture in common (terrible food!), we have long been the foes who have sort to exert their power on the weaker European States. Since the defeat of France in 1940, the French have either been supplicant to Germany or nothing, despite being on the winning side overall in the war.
Now, with the French economy wrecked by their socialist fantasies, the only powers who face off across Western Europe are UK and Germany.
Merkel sees this in an antagonistic way, as any decent Ossie would, and therefore is aghast at Brexit. Brexit is partly a push after all at dismantling the German hegemony in Europe. A free UK may well show up the fallacies that lie at the heart of the EU.
I had hoped that Merkel would not stand in the German elections next year, but over the weekend she has determined that she can see off AfD and lead her party to victory. She is still very popular in Germany despite her recent political mis-steps.
A Merkel win will make Brexit much more challenging as she is the most insistent after her home policies around immigration have been so prominent for her. There will be no compromise about free market for free movement.
Still, the UK can't rely on foreign governments for favours which is why we are in this position in the first place, so let's see what 2017 brings!