arrogance - the arrogance of power - and it's essentially what brought the popular uprisings against despotic tyranny which saw the birth of modern democracy. And it seems pretty clear that you're likely to have the answer to your closing question in the not too distant future, considering the "ropes" are being stretched more than ever before. It's going to snap soon, and it's probably already too late to try to ease its tension.
Israeli official: Der Spiegel report is an attack on Merkel's ties with Netanyahu (Haaretz)
from the article: The tyranny of the Israeli majority