Olaf Scholz, leader of Germany's SPD party, speaks  after the members of his party approved a plan to join Angela Merkel's coalition MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images



长期以来,德国一直奢侈地装作一个小国家——事实并非如此。去年选举时,公开辩论中几乎没有关于欧盟和德国在其中的作用的内容。当时,总理默克尔在民调中遥遥领先,这让她志得意满地认为她的直觉无误——德国选民不希望被关于欧洲的未来的讨论打扰。而尽管时任SPD领导人马丁·舒尔茨(Martin Schulz)曾担任过欧洲议会主席,但他的关注点也几乎完全集中在国内问题上。


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