Germany’s political elite treads tightrope of public opinion on euro

Norbert Walter

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Time and again I am puzzled by events in and outside of Germany. The unification of the country in 1990 would never have happened if West German citizens had been given the option of voting on the issue – not even the majority of West German politicians would have opted for it. The deeply frustrated citizens of East Germany and a small group of high-ranking West German politicians, plus US president George Bush senior, made unification happen.

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