Germany's Rising Star Won't Burn Allies
The editorial ``An Ascendant Germany,'' July 14, in which the country's excellent relationship with the United States and its prominent role in Europe are described, raises the questions of whether Germany deserves the quiet confidence of the US and what Germany actually stands for.
If you look at the policies pursued by West German governments since the end of World War II, you will find these questions need not be asked: German policies are clearly based on values shared with the US. Germany is one of the main promoters of the Transatlantic Partnership, its security policy being firmly embedded in NATO, and Germany, together with France, has become the ``motor of the European Union.'' Against this background, the suspicion that German politicians ``paid lip service to Europe'' or favored a return to the Germany of Bismarck is more than questionable. German policies leave no doubt that the idea of ``old power games'' does not have many followers, at least not in Germany. Friedo Sielemann, Boston German Consulate General
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