If he just did it slow and careful, Germany would be running the world by now.
For a little while they sort of were, until that nasty bit of Brexit wiped that out. The Russkies are tickled pink by all the Brexit Balkanization going on.
The only people pushing the Athenian Straw Man Nonexistent Threat of Slippery Slope Windyfoggery (ASMNSSW) RE DEMOCRACY are people who have a misunderstanding/problem or hatred of democracy. (See AUTHORITARIANS)