In the coming months and years, Britain will enter unchartered political territory. With Article 50 triggered on 29th March, Britain is set to face the reality of German power in the EU in the coming negotiations.
Here former British Ambassador to Germany Paul Lever sets out a timely, clear-cut portrayal of modern German politics and policy. Showing how the 20th century influenced Germany’s current economic and political structures, he paints the country as a reluctant European leader, a protectionist state geared principally to the defence of its own national interests with no ‘grand plan’ for wider political domination.
Providing important perspectives on the likely future challenges and choices Germany is set to face - including Turkish membership of the EU, the refugee crisis, the future of the euro and Russia-EU relations - this frank yet nuanced book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the future of European politics.
SIR PAUL LEVER was British ambassador to Germany from 1997 to 2003. His previous postings included service in NATO, in the European Commission, as chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and as EU and economic director in the Foreign Office. From 2004 to 2010 he was chairman of the Royal United Services Institute.
‘Timely and enlightening, Paul Lever’s insightful book tells us why Germany is vital to Europe and why Europe is so essential to Germany’
- PETER MANDELSON
‘cool, shrewd and richly detailed’
- NEAL ASCHERSON
‘Paul Lever has had a long and close relationship with Germany, and knows it and its leaders well. His book is required reading in Britain, where we are astonishingly ill-informed about the country that will matter most to us as we negotiate our exit from the European Union.’
- LORD JAY OF EWELME