Two generation of tranqauillity, and the Germans are becoming restless. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dr Guido Westerwelle have refused to take part in NATO's attack on and coming occupation of Libya. This is a fundamental change of Germany's post WWII strategy of full integration into the West which was to solve the eternal question of Germany's place in Europe. Der Spiegel writes:
The Germans have come up with three different answers to this question over the last 150 years. Chancellor Otto von Bismarck pursued an equilibrium, trying to preserve peace by preventing other nations from allying themselves against Germany. But even a diplomat as skilled as Bismarck wasn't able to maintain the precarious balance of power. The collapse of his system resulted in World War I. Adolf Hitler tried to solve the problem by trying to dominate Europe by force. That resulted in total defeat. Only with Adenauer's policy of firmly aligning West Germany with the West was the republic able to find its place in Europe and the world.Once more, Germany has become the central power in Europe, with a sphere of influence that covers Eastern Europe. And the Germans are becoming restless again. What will be? Another round? Noch mal? (pic. German soldiers attack through poison gas cloud, WWI).