Thursday September 24, 2020

Why the Germans do it better: how one European country became a role model for its less mature neighbours

John Kampfner argues that, unlike many other leading nations today, Germany has taken a route of decency, stability and liberal democracy

13th September, 2020
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, surrounded by other world leaders, deliberates with US president Donald Trump during the G7 summit last year. Photo: Getty


Why the Germans Do It Better: Notes From a Grown-up Country

By John Kampfner

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