Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 316

The mess Merkel leaves behind

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 settembre 2021

We have two covers this week. In Europe we look forward to the German elections. In her 16 years in the chancellery, Angela Merkel has weathered a string of crises, from economic to pandemic. Her abilities as a consensus-forger have served her country and Europe well. But her government has neglected too much, nationally and internationally. Germany is prosperous and stable. Yet trouble is brewing. And as Mrs Merkel prepares to leave office when a new government forms after an election this weekend, admiration for her steady leadership should be mixed with frustration at the complacency she has bred. After a lacklustre campaign that has failed to grapple with Germany’s looming problems, the world should expect post-election coalition talks to last for months, poleaxing European politics while they drag on. And at the end of it all, the country may well end up with a government that fails to get much done. That is the mess Mrs Merkel has left behind.In North America and Asia, we report on the aftershocks of AUKUS, the defence deal announced last week for America and Britain to supply Australia with at least eight nuclear-powered submarines. AUKUS’s true significance is as a step towards a new balance of power in the Pacific. It is a decades-long commitment and a deep one: America and Britain are transferring some of their most sensitive technology. The three countries’ co-operation promises to embrace cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and more besides. For this the Biden administration deserves credit. And yet the deal still amounts to only half a strategy. America’s relations with China involve more than a military stand-off. In the search for coexistence, America also needs to combine collaboration over issues like climate change with rules-based economic competition. The missing parts involve all of South-East Asia, home to some of the countries most vulnerable to Chinese pressure. And here American policy is struggling. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist


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