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Is Germany still a EU-ropean power?

By Susanne Gratius (15/02/2012) Policy Brief
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The Chancellor’s disordered management of the economic crisis shows that Berlin has no political roadmap for the future of Europe. Dissociated from its historic burden, a new self-confident Germany has emerged, pushing for its own economic interests. Particularly in the South, there is a perception that a less European Germany is seeking to bring about a German Europe. At the same time, the Merkel coalition seems to have moved away from the basic principles of Germany’s foreign policy – Europe and the transatlantic community – replacing them by a bilateral commercial diplomacy focused on new global powers.

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