Monday, August 05, 2013

The New German Question

“I will probably be the first Polish foreign minister in history to say so, but here it is: I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity.”
-Polish FM Radek Sikorski

A great article on Germany's role in Europe by the esteemed Timothy Garton Ash.  Danke JB.

Soon after Germany’s peaceful unification in 1989–1990, Fritz Stern unforgettably described it as Germany’s “second chance.” Europe’s economically dynamic central power had had its first chance in the years before 1914. “It could have been Germany’s century,” as Raymond Aron once remarked to Stern. It blew that chance in two world wars and the Holocaust. Now it had another.

"[Germany] Too big for Europe, too small for the world.”
 -Henry Kissinger

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