Germany?s New Policy Plan Puts The Us On Catch Up - Yahoo News
The project shows Germany to be a standout among the Western powers for its agility, imagination, openness, and altogether its guts. Related: First Greece, Now SpainIs Europe in for a Political Earthquake? The world has changed, and the Federal Foreign Office must change with it, Steinmeier told the assembled parliamentarians. Quickly: Can you think of a nation whose foreign policy elite is entirely incapable of making a similar assertion? I can. To be clear, Review 2014Foreign Policy Thinking Ahead, as Steinmeier named his project http://sondfpk.hazblog.com/ when he took office in December 2013, is an implicit challenge to the U.S. policy establishment. It is almost certainly intended to be so, although those courteous Germans would never say as much. CrisisRulesEurope, as the report published http://merrillyqgp.jimdo.com last week is titled, is interesting in all sorts of dimensions. It positions Germany, which is to say Chancellor Merkel, as Europes all-but-declared leader. Since the document expresses convictions, ideas, and intentions broadly shared across the Continent, one is tempted to start talking about Merkelism, but well leave that to the Europeans themselves. It commits Berlin to a course of action that has long been evident as a preference but never quite stated.