Lead Europe? Berlin can't even lead Germany
It was only recently that Germany seemed like a rock of stability in an otherwise unpredictable world, a country to which other EU members turned desperately for leadership and direction.
Today, things couldn’t be more different. With attempts to form a government in their fourth month, following an unexpectedly poor election performance by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, it’s in Berlin that things are looking desperate. Never mind trying to lead Europe. It’s not clear that Berlin can even lead Germany.
The prevailing sense in the German capital is that the country needs to change course. The caretaker government headed by Merkel can muddle on, but it can’t define an agenda — neither domestically nor on the European stage.
Meanwhile, the only thing on which the winners and losers of the September 2017 election can truly agree is that “business as usual” can’t go on. Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats with whom they are negotiating don’t share a joint vision for the country — let alone the EU.Read Full Article