BIG IDEA | 'As goes Germany, so goes Europe — and that’s a real challenge for the U.S. Berlin leads a European bloc that could cast a geopolitical swing vote in the U.S.-China rivalry.’
'Yet Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is seeking strategic “equidistance” rather than strategic alignment that threatens to fracture the alliance of democracies. Germany will not support the “building of blocs” by China or America, Merkel has announced: Europe will preserve its alliance with Washington while charting its own path with Beijing.’
Ms. Merkel will be stepping down as Chancellor later this year. The big question: Will her successor follow her China policies?