By The SlogI spent a weekend of glorious sunshine rediscovering places I don’t visit very often, and speaking at length with Germans. One of them pointed me at a book by the former Money Programme presenter Alan Watson, called simply The Germans. Written during the year or two following German reunification, it displays all the optimism of that time.
Correctly predicting that a united Germany would become the powerhouse of Europe, the book nevertheless makes not a single mention of monetary union – or even the idea of it. 1992 is only twenty years ago, and we’ve had the accursed euro for ten of those. So it just goes to show how quickly the egomaniacs got it onto the EU’s agenda – and how hastily the entire potty scheme was put together.
But the most significant thing in the book is the reverence the author pays to the German Constitution, and the Basic Law as enshrined in, and protected by, the Karlsruhe Court. No Party or Leader would dare question Karlsruhe, he opined, or try to change anything fundamental in the Constitution. The days of politicians ignoring the law or changing it on a whim were gone forever. Clearly, the one thing Watson didn’t expect was that a former DDR apparatchik would be Chancellor before another fifteen years were out -and the most powerful politician in Europe. An Osti who, in her adolescence, had been a hardline Communist Youth Organiser in charge of propaganda.
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