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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 316

Thanks to Putin, Germany has woken up

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 agosto 2022

We have two covers this week. In our American and Asian editions we argue that the crisis triggered by the visit of Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, to Taiwan has exposed the fragility of the status quo. Since the previous stand-off in 1995-96, America, China and Taiwan have all grown uneasy with the ambiguities and contradictions on which peace precariously rests. China, especially, has bared its teeth. If the world is to avoid war, it urgently needs to strike a new balance. The danger in this is that China uses the crisis to set new boundaries for its encroachments into what Taiwan considers its airspace and territorial waters. China could also attempt to impose even stricter limits on the island’s dealings with the rest of the world. That must not happen. In our European editions we examine the new Germany. Complacent and just a little self-satisfied, Europe’s most important country was late to realise how fast the world was changing around it. Now, however, Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has prodded it into action. A remarkable opportunity is within its grasp, as Germans experience a rare thing in a democracy: a consensus about the need for broad, sweeping change to the economy and security. Three days after the invasion, Olaf Scholz, then a new chancellor heading an untested coalition, gave his much-applauded Zeitenwende speech to the Bundestag, signalling a break with the country’s post-war tendency towards pacifism. He has set the agenda for years to come. Mr Putin’s warmongering may prove to be the catalyst that turns Germany into his own nightmare: a stronger, bolder, more determined leader of a more united Europe. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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