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The Paradox of German Power

Hans Kundnani

Abstract

Since the Euro crisis began, Germany has emerged as Europe's dominant power. During the last three years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been compared with Bismarck and even Hitler in the European media. And yet few can deny that Germany today is very different from the stereotype of nineteenth- and twentieth-century history. After nearly seventy years of struggling with the Nazi past, Germans think that they more than anyone have learned its lessons. Above all, what the new Germany thinks it stands for is peace. Germany is unique in this combination of economic assertiveness and military ... More

Keywords: abnormality, Angela Merkel, Euro crisis, German national identity, Germany, Nazi past, normality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190245504
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245504.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hans Kundnani, author
European Council on Foreign Relations