As I mentioned to students again and again, the Weimar Republic just won’t stop shaping contemporary Germany’s actions. The New York Times’ Joe Nocera has an interesting op-ed in which he compares Germany’s current unwillingness to repress moralistic impulses in favor of pragmatic economics with the Allied nations’ insistence that Germany keep paying its high reparations after World War I. Read the full article here.
The NYT has an interesting article about the broader implications of Germany’s rapid economic recovery, funny pics of chancellor Merkel included.
And chancellor Merkel as colonel Kurtz? The intertextual references abound in this week’s cover of the magazine The Economist: