Special Edition: What's next for German Europe?
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On a damaged EU. Why is it impossible to recreate the integration scenario anno 1988?
What now? Can the monopoly money work its magic and buy us a couple more years of the status quo?
The EU possesses enormous economic potential, it has the power to push for decent fiscal and banking standards.
Can the EU overcome the crisis with purely political means?
It would be naďve to expect people to abandon their national identities in order to become "post-national Europeans". How can we then build a common vision for Europe?
In the past, when there were 12 European leaders sat at a table -- 11 out of 12 worked together to strengthen Europe. The 12th was Mrs Thatcher. Now, however, we're stuck with 28 Mrs Thatchers around the table.
"I am in fact German, German to the core, yet in an older, better way and remain cosmopolitan from the depths of my heart".
Contemporary Germany is torn between "an exit from Europe" and remodelling its own standards.
Germany holds the key to the future fate of the EU. If there's one government among the member-states able to take the initiative, and revise the treaties -- it's the German one.
Are we witnessing the demise of "German Europe", built so carefully during the crisis years?
From the outside, Germany seems to be winning, but here comes the paradox: the Germans think of themselves as losers
One can presume that this obsession with parting with the past, so popular among Russian and Polish radicals, is a sort of "Eastern problem", connected to backwardness. It could be, if it wasn't for Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
If I were Russian, I would have, after reading this nonetheless impressive work, said that it fails to declare the purpose of Russian history and does too little to probe the values which determine policy making. Andrzej Walicki on Boris Kagarlitsky's Empire of the Periphery.
There's a theory saying that there are plenty of ways toward modernity. I, however, don't trust any of the autonomous tracks.
Marci Shore, in memory of Krzysztof Michalski.