Berlin Rules: Europe and the German Way

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I. B. Tauris, Limited, 2017 - European Union countries - 276 pages
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In the second half of the twentieth century, Germany became the dominant political and economic power in Europe - and in the EU. Yet Germany's leadership of the EU is geared principally to the defence of German national interests. Germany exercises power in order to protect the German economy and to enable it to play an influential role in the wider world. Beyond that there is no underlying vision or purpose. In this book, former British ambassador to Germany Paul Lever provides a unique insight into modern Germany. He shows how Germany's history has influenced its current economic and social development and provides important perspectives on Germany's future political and cultural growth, especially in the context of the 2015 refugee crisis which saw over 1 million refugees offered a home in Germany. As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, this book will be essential reading and suggests the future shape of a Germany-dominated Europe.

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Sir Paul Lever KCMG is a retired former British ambassador. Over the course of a long diplomatic career, his posts included assistant Under-Secretary at the FCO 1992-94; chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee 1994-96; Director for EU and Economic Affairs at the FCO 1996-97; and Ambassador to Germany 1997-2003. After his retirement from the diplomatic service, he was Chairman of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). Lever was appointed CMG in 1991 and knighted KCMG in 1998.

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