Stephan Richter spoke to Marketplace’s David Brancaccio about the issues Germany’s new chancellor Olaf Scholz will face in office.
With Merkel lacking both an agenda and a vision, the US push to deal with Germany’s eternal export surplus is a welcome impetus for long overdue domestic reforms.
Why are Germans so enamored with their trade surpluses? When will they see it is against their own, well-understood self-interest?
Germany is not just a core member of the EU, it is the core member. Being the EU’s biggest asset also means it is its Achilles heel.
We have to make an honest assessment of costs and benefits of the migration crisis.
High time for more realism and a fundamental rethink of European structures.
With nothing left to prove on battlefields, Germany can pursue other tasks and strategies.