Germany shows its muscles on the international stage

merkel-poutineThe German eagle no longer tries to hide his claws on the international stage. Long marked by World War II, the Federal Republic has been low for more than six decades at the world political and diplomatic crises. Despite its status as the largest economy in the euro area, Berlin preferred to stay back behind Paris and London, which represented the “voice of Europe “during major negotiations. The Germany chose today not to go through “intermediaries” to publicize his opinion. The Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, so ceases to remember that “indifference is not an option” for his country. Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger judge, too, that “Germany is bound to take more responsibility” on the global stage. Even bang your fist on the table …

The current crisis between Moscow and Brussels shows how our neighbor has lost all its inferiority complex in recent years. In a speech to the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney a few hours after the end of the summit of G20 in Brisbane, Australia , Merkel did not hesitate to fire lashing out at Russia. “After the horrors of two world wars and the end of the Cold War, considering that Eastern Europe is the playground of Russia threatens the balance of peace on our continent,” insisted the Chancellor. As if to confirm his words already very undiplomatic, the leader of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) said that “the crisis in Ukraine is not a regional matter. It affects us all.” Close ban … Determined to prevent Moscow to extend its influence to the east of its borders, Angela had invited this summer all the leaders of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia) to meet in Berlin to discuss the relations of these nations with the European Union. The very choice of organizing this forum in the federal capital and not in Brussels was a powerful symbol of the will of Germany to take things in hand without going through “the EU box”.

35 conversations with Putin

The outbreak of the financial crisis in 2008 has eliminated most complex suffered by our neighbors. Forced to come to the rescue of several neighbors penniless, Berlin has decided to require counterparties of its “debtors”, in particular by requiring them to better control their public finances. The crisis in Ukraine also encouraged Angela Merkel to act as an intermediary between Kiev and Moscow. Since March, the Chancellor has had 35 telephone conversations with Vladimir Putin. The economic performance of Germany also strengthened the credibility of the former East German physicist who is of the “old” additional member to serve on the European Council. Political and economic problems in France and the alarming rise of the FN finally persuaded Berlin no longer pass through Paris to make its voice heard on the international stage.

To advance the issues close to his heart, Angela Merkel also had the intelligence to put the Germans in key positions in the heart of the European institutions. France does account and a single chief of staff and deputy chief of staff in the offices of Commissioners of Jean-Claude Juncker, while our neighbor has five chiefs of staff and three assistant chiefs of staff, including the head cabinet of the President of the Commission. The Secretary General of the European Parliament, the director of the European Stability Mechanism, the Secretary General of the Council of the European Union, the head of the European Investment Bank and the President of the European Parliament are all German, as are the leaders three political groups in the European Parliament, the largest of which, the conservative European People’s Party. The eagle spread its wings …

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