Germany is having a good summer. There is the World Cup adventure – although that may come to an end tonight. And then there is the startling revival in the German economy.
And yet the row about the European Union’s bail-out for Greece has once again revived worries in the rest of Europe about the direction of German foreign policy. I particularly enjoyed this article in Prospect, by Hans Kundnani, about Germany. Kundnani points out that the great cliche in Germany is that the country’s foreign policy is becoming “normalised” as it pursues its own national interests. He argues that this is only partly true. The Germans are certainly pursuing their own national economic interests with increasing determination and are increasingly sceptical both of the European Union and of multilateralism, in general – which I suppose does make them more like the other big powers in Europe. On the other hand, according to Kundnani, Germany remains abnormally suspicious of the use of military force and of power politics, in general. Read more