Germany cannot go it alone, and doesn’t want to. But without a strong partner to share the leadership, it has the unpalatable choice of letting power sit with a broad cast of unreliable partners, or creating a new inner circle. No one wants to give Law and Justice a seat at the table. But denying it will only strengthen national narcissisms in countries already troubled with euro skepticism, further splintering the continent.
Which means that Germany may have to take command, after all. It’s a delicate task. But now that Germany finds itself on center stage, it might as well perform.
Anna Sauerbrey, of Der Tagesspiegel , in The New York Times, July 4
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Germany has already said it envisages some form of “Associate Membership” for the UK although it has ruled out compromise over the fundamental question of whether the UK can have access to the single market while refusing to accept the free movement of people.
This sticking point – which was the main bone of contention in the February renegotiation – remains fundamentally unresolved.
Peter Foster, The Telegraph, July 4