Josef Joffe, the Marc and Anita Abramowitz Fellow in International Relations at the Hoover Institution, will give a presentation subtitled “Germany in the 21st century” on May 28, 2013, at noon in Encina Hall at Stanford University. Joffe notes that Germany has always been too strong or too weak for Europe. Now it is number one again, but what a difference seventy years of democratic development and European integration have made. Merkel's Germany is no "Fourth Reich," and the political class knows it. If she isn't "triangulating" like Bill Clinton, Merkel is "leading from behind" like Obama. After two murderous grabs for hegemony, Germany is an accidental great power: strong because France, Britain, Italy, and the rest are weak.
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