Germany’s Exit from History?

Buffeted by European and global headwinds, many in Germany wish for their country to “exit from history” and chart a more peaceful and insular course. But as Ludger Kühnhardt, Director at the Center for European Integration Studies at Universität Bonn and a regular contributor to the Advisor, argues, Germany can only engineer a good future for its people as an engine of further European integration, as a partner of the United States and as a defender of universal human rights. This essay originally appeared in the June 14, 2011, edition of The Globalist.

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Ludger Kühnhardt

Center for European Integration Studies

Ludger Kühnhardt is director at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) at Bonn.