has spared The public embarrassment of France to the Federal government at the end of and directs. But it was hard to ignore how dangerously close Germany's European policy: the embarrassment came. Two cuts of historic proportions threatened on Friday: an officially recorded defeat in the Council, with France as a decisive vote against. A majority of the EU-Partner wants to stop with a Reform of the Gas Directive, the gas Pipeline Nord Stream 2 in the planned Form and Germany take: you are doing so, as you are in Europe, pattern boys, but when the energy supply is against the common interests.
Why not, Berlin has taken the warning signs seriously?
Paris made, regardless of the oaths in the Aachen Treaty to coordinate closely. In a strategic question for the continent, Germany had not only no majority for his goals. It is not brought together again, the blocking minority, in order to prevent the correction. To Paris and Berlin a face-end solution to the adjournment, found:. From the table, the Problem is not so yet, even if the Federal government does so. Next week in Brussels continued negotiations on the tightening of the Directive.
How could it come so far? Why not have taken the Chancellor and the Minister of foreign Affairs the warning signs earlier, seriously? And what needs to change in Germany, so that it never happens again? You'd like to know what has prompted Emmanuel Macron to the insult against Angela Merkel. The a not or to slowly call his irritation, that she responds to his initiatives. Others speculate as to impose on Donald trump's threat of sanctions against the Pipeline companies involved, including the French Engie. Third parties refer to Macrons internal political problems with the yellow the West, and its far harder fought out the conflict with Italy. To not appear weak, he staged an act of strength and the powerful Madame Merkel offered the forehead.
Germany operates its own self-interest
All of these factors but not surprising. Berlin would have had to take into account. And they do not change the structural Problem. Germany sermon more Europe, and accuses other national egoism, is trying to be little acceptance by the majority of the items. In the case of Nord Stream 2 the revolt was particularly easy, because Berlin can count on little understanding.
The EU is not talking about a large economic power such as the US and greater than China, the economically second-rate Russia. Nevertheless, it is in the geo-strategic issues usually unable to act, and thus meaningless, because they can't agree. A response that is in favour of Germany, in principle, the extension of majority decisions. In to many of the questions unanimously. A single country can block the EU. In the case of Nord Stream 2 Germany is now, that it can even be in the minority and outvoted. Also Paris is not unconditionally on Berlin's side.
majority decisions are necessary, even if it is subject to change
This should, of course, be no reason for the Insistence on majority decisions. But: Germany has to pull the opinions of its partners more closely into consideration. This begins with listening instead of Preaching. And compromise requires a willingness to. Europe will not simply accept German wishes. In the case of two Central issues, immigration and energy policy, Germany has failed to do that and now got the receipt. Will be enough the shock of the near disaster for Germany's European policy, to the necessary correction?