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"Unilateral Germany Threatens to Weaken Europe"

Charles Grant, Director of Centre for European Reform, argues that Germany acts unilaterally in five key policy areas and "leaves the EU – and perhaps the Atlantic alliance – weaker."

His Financial Times op-ed is one of today's top press commentaries summarized by Atlantic-community.org:
Germany’s increasingly unilateral foreign policies are causing unrest within the EU and Atlantic alliance. ++ The US, UK and France are frustrated by Berlin’s reluctance to impose sanctions on Iran as well as its limited efforts in Afghanistan. ++ The impending election is a partial explanation for this refusal to engage in bold policies. ++ The generational shift means that today’s politicians see the EU as a tool rather than a principle. ++ This attitude is not threatening; it simply mirrors the French and British brands of nationalism.

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Marie Claude on :

yes, it effectively appears that Germany is playing "Perso", as far foreign policies are concerned, also within the money crisis, until Frau Merkel had to acknoledge that Germany was hit too. Knowing that the "furture" is at East, she didn't wait for the green light to make businesses with "suspected" States such as Russia, Iran, Lybia, China.... while complaining if any other EU state was trying to imit her. So EU is a big joke, just a bank for those who whin the most

a_guy on :

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Marie Claude on :

Bloody H..l, an enlightened fellow there !!! don't you know that the 2 countries in EU that have the less money problem in EU are Germany and France yeah, apologies to Africa, whatever, duh !!! mind your a...s there though te, a bit of irritatin reading for you http : // superfrenchie.com/?p=1651#comments

Don S on :

I don't, Marie. In my copy of the 'International Dictionary' the following definitions appear: unilateral - Any action taken by the United States of America. See also arrogant, fascist, neoconservative, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, evil, thug, national socialist, concentration camp, Abu Ghraib, G-Bay, Aznar, Blair, Freedom Fries, Obama. multilateral - All actions taken by Germany, France, Russia, China. See also virtuous, good, enlightened, United Nations, UN Human Rights committee, Schroeder, Chirac, de Villepin, Putin, Zapatero, Kerry, Gore, Merkel, Sarkozcy, Hussein, Iran. So as one can clearly see any action undertaken by a German government cannot be described as unilateral. It is multilateral and cannot be otherwise.

David on :

Apparently Angela Merkel is paying a price for her "unilateralism". The emergency economic summit next week in London will take place without Germany's participation. "Madam No" was not invited.

Marie Claude on :

David, :lol: uh, we had a "Madame Veto", but unfortunately she lost her head, dunno why !!!

Don S on :

Who was that, Marie? Marie Antoinette? But she was Austrian, wasn't she?

Don S on :

At first blush this might appear to be rather churlish leaving poor Germany out in this manner, but second reflections might see it as rather more charitable than that. Requiring the Germans to show up at the summit with them only able to say 'nein' to everything is probably mortifying to them. Best to allow them to have the weekend off rather than undergo the stress of their form of virtuous multilateralism. Besides, nothing of importance will happen until Obama's crowd show up....

Joe Noory on :

You realize that it takes a village to raise a child that will conform to peer pressure... As for the currency stuff, I would look at buying into FXB and UDP betting on a stabilising Euro and Pound in February.

Marie Claude on :

Don, do you why your a loving guy, despite all what you say against it ?

Don S on :

Moi, Marie? And here I've been saying nothing but nice things about 'multilateralists', even the ones who act unilaterally..... ;)

Marie Claude on :

uh, modesty isn't an american quality, though for you I make an exception :lol:

Don S on :

A modest bloke, me. With much to be modest about.... ;)

Marie Claude on :

your searching some compliments, I'll be fair, you deserve them, but only on that board :lol:

Alfred E Neumann on :

Let no unkind person say that I have learned nothing from prolonged association with a more civilized people (i.e. the English). They are unsurpassed in their modesty, and naturally aware of just how far their mastery of this natural virtue surpasses all others..... It is no virtue of my own that I have achieved a certain small measure of modesty. No, I have learned it the hard way - the English have taught it to me.....

Marie Claude on :

yeah, they want us to stay modest, but depends on their values, seems that their money is going under the euro value, so I'm expecting some new guis within the euros, tell our Czechoslovakian guy who's goin to be our next presisdent, um he is still working with the US dollar Com'on, when the Wahaabites will go on to euro, then what a mess over there

John in Michigan, USA on :

Mr. [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_E._Neuman]Neumann[/url], You're quoting someone, but I don't think you're quoting yourself. Who are you quoting? What -- Me Wordy?

Alfred E Neumann on :

Mr John, you may consider this as a psuedonym for someone who doesn't care to tke shots at the Brits where a google search may bring it up under it's own name. And yes I'm completely aware of whom AEN is, and have deliberately used him as a psued in the past and will so in future when I consider it expedient.

Alfred E Neumann on :

And no, John, that was not a completely original thought, but it also wasn't a quote. To put it more succinctly I was asserting that the Brits are immodest about their modesty (and about any number of other things). In their own very modest self-deprecating way they can teach the outlander many hard lessons that way....

Zyme on :

It is only natural that a unilateral Germany weakens the strength of the EU - given the way our country performed in the past. When a country devoted to shouldering the main burden suddenly discovers its own interests, the base of the alliance must be weakened. In my opinion this is a positively sobering weakness. Our european neighbours could not rely on our submissiveness forever, especially after reunification. Anyone thinking ahead more than 2 years at European affairs in 1990 must have expected this development.

Marie Claude on :

except that the concern of globalisation (economical and political) isn't only of one state's anymore, but of several's http : // www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/12/post_146.html

Zyme on :

I agree that the concept of pure national states does not really work with our international economy - and the same applies vice versa. But when no working political solutions to the current economy are found, isn't a big economical crisis going to cut international trade back to a level manageable by the national states?

Don S on :

I think Germany nd china had better hope not, because they depend upon exports....

Joe Noory on :

How could such fantastic multilateralists manage to leave a vacuum of leadership compared to their economic scale on the world stage? The Europeans have got to stop playing the role of a passive but chatty greek chorus.

Marie Claude on :

c'est pas qu'on veut pas, c'est que vous nous tapez sur les doigts quant on veut

Marie Claude on :

Does Angela only eat sauer Kraut, cuz she still doesn't want that the Frenchs cook, Coq a vin, Blanquette de veau, Boeuf bourguignon... one could say that she earns some backchichs from the MacDonald lobbies, France is becoming a desert where good cheap places are dying I don't think that lowering our TVA has any influence on the german restaurants, only for our working class people who can't afford wealthy restaurants, even a Macdo can't approach in quality what one can eat in small restaurants, and Macdo is even more expensive if you take an entree, a main sh..t, a drink... f.. Angela !!! Sarko, please quite that impossible EU

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