European Disunion: Germany’s Dilemma

It might seem counterintuitive to argue that Germany, with the largest economy in Europe and a dominant position in the European Union, finds itself struggling politically on the continent. Indeed not so long ago the dominant narrative spoke of Berlin’s confident leadership and increasing EU integration for the foreseeable future. But narratives, even ones that have lasted decades, can change quickly; today the cross-currents of European politics have shifted abruptly away from Berlin’s vision for a more tightly integrated European Union.

Andrew A. Michta is the dean of the College of International and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Views expressed here are his own.
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