More on Germany’s re-emergence as the pre-eminent European power

Theodore Dalrymple has views somewhat similar to those of VDH:

If for some inexplicable reason you wanted to reawaken German nationalism, how would you go about it? I suggest a three-part strategy.

First, you would replace the rock-solid German currency by one with very shaky economic foundations, against the wishes of almost the whole German population (which, of course, you would not deign to consult).

Second, you would make sure that same population paid for the gross and dishonest profligacy of the Greek government: a profligacy that was rendered possible by the adoption of the very currency that the German population did not want in the first place.

Third, you would do everything possible to ensure that the crisis will spread, last for a long time, cost a fortune in failed attempts to solve it, and fall mainly to the Germans to pay for.

It goes without saying the second and third parts of the strategy should be against the wishes of the German population whose opinion, however, should be bulldozed aside as being of no account.

And Stratfor agrees that Germeny will be wearing the pants in the European family from this point on: “The paradigm that created the European Union — that Germany would be harnessed and contained — is shifting. Germany now has not only found its voice, it is beginning to express, and hold to, its own national interest…a political consensus has emerged in Germany that the rules of the eurozone are Germany’s to refashion…this was not the “union” the rest of Europe signed up for — it is the Mitteleuropa that the rest of Europe will remember well.”

It will be interesting to see which countries Germany chooses as allies if a New European Order emerges as VDH, Stratfor and Dalrymple predict.

3 Responses to “More on Germany’s re-emergence as the pre-eminent European power”

  1. Canucklehead Says:

    15 years from now it would not surprise me to see Great Britain and Germany sharing a common currency.

    I suspect Germany will go it alone for a few years. Informal relationships in a digital age are just as valuable as formal relationships. Look at the relationship between the Swiss franc and the euro. Coordination between central banks is evolving everyday.

  2. feeblemind Says:

    Some random thoughts:

    One wonders how long the In-Your-Face style of governance can continue in the EU and now in the USA, where the ruling class governs in ways diametrically opposed to the will of the people?

    My crystal ball doesn’t see countries in Europe coming to physical blows over over the economic decline of Europe. The demographics just don’t support it, and from my point of view. Germany has been too completely pacified to take up arms against another country, at least in the near term. In any event, where would the money come from to raise the armies?

    I agree with them that this could lead to a rise of nationalism in Germany, but I also believe the conditions cited for nationalism exist in other EU countries as well. One wonders if nationalism will sweep through many EU countries? If that happens, will there be a backlash against immigrant populations? (a topic for another day)

    I also wonder if the EU would break up before countries submit to being dictated to by Germany?

    I do agree that thing could get ugly as the spend-and-borrow merry-go-round grinds to a halt.

    There are so many facets of the problem to look at.

    As has been said ad infinitum, we live in interesting times.

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