Germany, therefore, should overcome its reluctance to lead on economic issues just when leadership is both needed and wanted. In order to succeed, however, it is not enough to lead by storming ahead, leaving others behind. Arrogance or even schadenfreude would be self-defeating for Berlin. Rather, Germany must set an example and inspire others to follow. This requires continuous and constructive engagement with partner countries and the EU institutions in order to build consensus around a sustainable future for the eurozone. That way, German economic leadership may eventually become as acceptable a part of Europe\’s political and emotional fabric as France\’s leadership in the field of international affairs – and we would all be better off for it.
We\’ve been asked before if we\’d like to become more German. Twice. And the answer was a rather vehement, violent even, no. Twice.