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Germany is weakened by doubt just as Europe looks to it for a strong lead

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

The fall of Merkel's chosen successor raises the question: what does Germany want? And what do others want of it? A crisis at the top of Germany's ruling conservative Christian Democratic Union , which triggered last week's downfall of Angela Merkel's choice of successor as chancellor , has put new life into an old conundrum: what does Germany want? This was the question pondered by Benjamin Disraeli as he contemplated the rise of Bismarck's Second Reich. It exercised Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax in the 1930s. Now it's being asked again, this time by the German people themselves.
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