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Thomas Molloy: Smaller EU states should welcome Merkel victory

Published 03/12/2011 | 05:00

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes British PM David Cameron to discuss Europe's financial crisis at the Elysee Palace in Paris
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes British PM David Cameron to discuss Europe's financial crisis at the Elysee Palace in Paris

No country in Western Europe has changed more than Germany over the past two decades and these changes explain why that country approaches the present financial crisis very differently from the rest of us.

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Germany has altered in many obvious ways: it is much bigger than it used to be, much older and much more assertive in foreign policy. It is also another generation removed from World War Two.

The country has also changed in subtle ways: it is much more eurosceptic than it used to be, much poorer and much more confident that it has created a country which can teach the rest of us something when it comes to democracy and the protection of human rights.

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