Hans Kundnani in World Politics Review


Hans Kundnani in World Politics Review

On March 17, 2017, World Politics Review published an op-ed by Transatlantic Academy Bosch Public Policy Fellow Hans Kundnani, entitled "Why Trump Spells So Much Trouble for Germany - and Merkel."

Kundnani argues that not only would it be an illusion to believe Chancellor Angela Merkel could be the new "leader of the free world" given power disparities between Germany and the United States, but that the idea ignores "deep problems that Germany faces within Europe after Trump's election - problems for which Merkel was largely responsible." He cites Germany's resistance to a greater degree of debt mutualization in the eurozone and its approach to the refugee crisis. "What has been required since the beginning of the euro crisis and is needed more urgently than ever is a grand bargain between EU member states, centered on a compromise between France and Germany, that links these economic and security issues," Kundnani writes. However, "Germany under Merkel remains unwilling to make concessions, especially on economic issues."

The full article can be read here.

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