Monday, April 21, 2014
Germany Cannot Be A Giant Switzerland
The crisis in Ukraine has unsettled the German government. It is the largest economy in Europe but it values peace and order. This article describes the anxiety in the German government that has resulted from the disclosure of US spying and the crisis in Ukraine. Putin has revealed a view of the "New Russia" which implies that he does not accept national borders. Germany respects national borders, and it looks to the European Union to maintain harmony. Whether it likes it or not, Germany is at the center of the crisis with the New Russia. It is in not a giant Switzerland that can sit back and enjoy the peace and order that existed before the events in Ukraine.