Ангела Меркель выходит в мир

Наконец-то Ангела Меркель – новый канцлер Германии и первая в Германии женщина - канцлер. Несмотря на то, что основным критерием во внешней политике останется последовательность, международные обязательства Германии под руководством Меркель будет звучать и восприниматься по-другому в отличие от Герхарда Шрёдера.

Шрёдер пришел к власти семь лет назад, представляя новое поколение, формирующим опытом которого была не Холодная Война, европейская интеграция и трансатлантическая дружба, а немецкая консолидация и восстановление национального суверенитета. Для него и его команды, которая пришла к власти после 16-летнего правления Гельмута Коля, Германия стала нормальной страной, ничем не отличающейся от других крупных и могущественных государств Европы, таких как Франция или Великобритания.

Действительно, одним из первых главных событий внешней политики Шрёдера была встреча на высшем уровне ЕС в 1999 г., где лидеры Франции и Великобритании повели себя резко по отношению к новичку из Берлина. Урок, который извлек Шрёдер, состоял в том, чтобы настаивать на том, что Германию больше не могли рассматривать как нечто само собой разумеющееся, и что ей необходима роль, соответствующая ее размеру и могуществу. Защита своих прав стала лозунгом немецкой внешней политики.

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