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You have the advantage on me in that I have not lived or spent much time in Germany in a very long time.  So I cannot comment on your observations about what the general population thinks, or whether it is better or worse than in the 1990's.

What I can comment on is the effect that the German government is having on EU politics more generally.  Having been a force for moderation and v. supportive of EU policies and transfers in terms of regional, integration, social cohesion and development funds, it now takes a v. hard line on the development  of such mechanisms.  

We are used to this attitude from UK Tories and certain east European leaders, but they have been marginal to the development of the EU as a whole which has tended to be driven by a German-France axis. What is new is that the German Government is now leading the change politically as well as leading the charge towards unsustainable economic policies.  It is hard to envisage Brandt or even Schmidt take a similar attitude towards Greece, for instance.

We owe a lot to German governments for their constructive role in the development of the EU.  Unfortunately the current government is now undoing much of that good work, and I don't see much prospect of a Green/Linke/SPD alternative with much more progressive policies emerging.  Perhaps that is where you can set us right.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Aug 11th, 2015 at 10:17:30 AM EST
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