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Europe's Superpower: Germany Is The New Indispensable (And Resented) Nation

Op-Ed: The euro zone can't survive intact without Germany. And yet the more Europeans count on Germany, the quicker they are to criticize. Germany may now be to Europe what the United States has long been to the rest of the world: the powerhouse

Clemens Wergin

BERLIN -- The Germans are becoming the favorite scapegoat for the euro crisis. Damned if they do, damned if they don't. For years, op-eds in Germany and around the world called for Germany to step up and take a leadership role in the currency crisis. Now that Chancellor Angela Merkel has done just that, it turns out that's not right either.

In the United Kingdom, some commentators wax delirious about the "Fourth Reich" that Berlin has supposedly established in Europe. The basic gist of this argument is that what the Germans didn't achieve in two world wars they are now achieving with the help of the euro crisis: dominance at the heart of Europe.

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Welcome to Thursday, where more Ukrainian soldiers surrender in Mariupol, Sri Lanka defaults on its debt,and George W. Bush offers an epic geopolitical gaffe. Meanwhile, Lili Bai in Chinese-language digital media The Initium looks at what’s driving the current “expat exodus” at play in Shanghai.

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