When the Berlin wall fell apart, back in November 1989, fears that Germany’s forthcoming reunification would lead to the revival of violent nationalism and bitter revisionism were looming all over Europe. Were those anticipating the Third Reich spirit’s renaissance right? Looking at the reunified Germany 20 years on, they surely were not.
Ever since the wall came down, Germany’s political establishment has made efforts to ease the anxieties of its neighbours to the east, namely Poland and the Czech Republic. Critics of Germany’s détente with both countries have been marginalised and deprived of any tangible influence on German politics.
Evidence of this tendency was visible this week, when foreign minister Guido Westerwelle intervened to stop a figure unpopular with Poles being appointment to a museum post.… Seguir leyendo »