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  1. remember my quip about this being an English language article about France, Europe and Germany. There are biases and agendas;

  2. remember that the EU has been built, largely, on the fundamental disagreements between France and Germany. The locomotive worked because the two countries, which really think differently, forced themselves to reach compromises. As far as I can tell, this is still the case;

  3. after years of narrative about Germany as 'the sick man of Europe,' we're suddenly back to the more traditional 'France is worried about Germany's economic strength' which was the basic European diet throughout the 70s, 80s, and early 90s (and triggered traumatic devaluations of the Franc). My reaction is: yawn.

Germany never stopped defending its core interests(or what it sees as such), witness the Ost-Politik and the creation of the ECB.

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Apr 13th, 2010 at 06:41:40 AM EST

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