Germany is finally taking the wheel, and not a moment too soon. In light of current events, German President Guack and many other leaders have spoken out, demanding that German foreign policy be reconstructed so that it can take its rightful place among the international community. It has been 60 years since WWII, wherein Hitler’s aggressive regime tore the whole of Europe apart. In the decades after, the German people had not forgotten, and when Germany became whole once more they swore it would be different. Their political beliefs have shifted dramatically over the years from liberalism to anarchism to many others shapes and forms. Yet, in this stage of rediscovering identity, a reluctance to take strong national actions. With disputes in the Ukraine erupting and the United States turning its gaze away from Europe, finally the gears of this once forgotten machine are turning.
There are many reasons for Germany to become more involved in what’s happening around it. Surprisingly the Ukraine isn’t the most important one of them. Germany is the inherent leader of the EU. It has grown to be very successful and strong despite its history of being oppressed. When the newly elected government of the Ukraine refused to secure relations with the EU, Berlin unprecedentedly flexed its muscles and challenged the Ukraine. Many people are so focused on the rise of China, they are letting Germany’s rise go unnoticed. Already it is increasing trade relations with nations like China and India, minimizing reliance on Russia, and bettering its relations with France in the short term. Yet despite this flare of what Germany is likely to become, Germany’s massive political power is hardly going to be vested in what is happening on the Border of Russia. Mainly because its main focus is still on the Euro Crisis, which threatened to shatter everything the EU has built up. Germany has funded many efforts in the EU and is now planning to extend the unification. It will do this by pushing initiatives to increase what the EU can do. Currently the Union is held together its economic power. It is a unique economic and political partnership between 28 European countries that together cover much of the continent. It initial was a forum for economic cooperation, but has since broadened into policy areas like developmental aid and the environment. If it fell apart, one of Germany’s biggest fears, free trade of Germany’s exports disappearing would severely damage many European economies. So Germany wants to take the EU to a level of being more than a share currency and trade, but to having military force and the ability to provide support accordingly. Whether that is possible remains to be seen.
There is little backlash in Europe to Germany’s transformation. We will undoubtedly see, in the next few decades, Germany asserting itself into a leadership role. Much of Europe encourages the reluctant giant to fulfill its potential. The United States once held the role in Europe that Germany is aspiring to, but with Obama’s administration refocusing US interest to Asia, many Europeans are left question his resolve. Germany is among the doubting parties. For decades Germany has looked up to the US as a role model for democracy. The US is becoming seemingly disinterested and German media is finding more and more to criticize the superpower of the west. I think they are beginning to forgo it. In 2003, relations between the two diminished with Germany refusing to participate in Iraq. Another major blow to relations was the scandal over United States Intelligence spying on Merkel.
Germany’s aggression is VERY uncharacteristic, but appropriate. President Guack is correct; the current German is the best we have ever seen. With so much conflict erupting worldwide, so much is uncertain about where the international community is going from here. But one thing is clear… Germany will be there in strides. The biggest hurtle they have now is rallying support on their own home front. Many Germans in the public sector aren’t convinced aggression will lead to anything but another world conflict. It will take time for their country to overcome the ghosts from the Holocaust. But I believe we are nearing the end of the giant’s hibernation, and I am very excited to see what Germany can do.
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