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德国的时刻

伦敦—谁主持欧盟?在德国大选前夕,这是一个非常及时的问题。

一个标准答案是“欧盟成员国”——所有28个成员国。另一个标准答案是“欧盟委员会”。但英国前驻德国大使保罗·勒佛(Paul Lever)提出了一个更有见解的回答:他的新书以《柏林统治》(Berlin Rules)为标题,写道,“现代德国证明,政治家能够实现原来需要战争才能实现的东西。”

德国是欧盟人口最多的国家,也是经济最强大的国家,其GDP占整个欧盟的20%多。理解德国为何在经济上如此成功很难。但其所谓的莱茵地区(Rhineland)模式拥有三个独特的突出特点。

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