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Germany’s Paralysis Holds Back Europe

Past German governments have relied on Russian gas and the U.S. security umbrella.

With Putin’s war in Ukraine and the prospects of a Trump presidency, Berlin needs a strategic mindset to lead Europe.

  • Judy Dempsey
  • Carnegie Europe

When the German economy was in full swing, the government of the day rarely matched its economic prowess with political leadership at home or in the EU.

Berlin didn’t use its booming economy to introduce much-needed reforms.

But back in 2003, during a deep economic crisis former chancellor Gerhard Schröder, a…

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