Decisive win gives Merkel strong hand – FT.com

Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany.

Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent and balanced editorial article from the FT. It’s a MUST READ article in my view. Check it out!

via Decisive win gives Merkel strong hand – FT.com.

I very much identified with the broad thrust of the FT article but particularly dwelled on the following extract:

Yet Germany’s prospects could easily darken. Its economy is over-reliant on exports, and faces rising energy costs, the result of a botched effort to bolster renewable generation.

Germany’s Achilles heel is  clearly “rising energy costs”. In my judgement, a potential solution for Germany would be to become a strategic partner in the enormous offshore Mediterranean gas and oil sector.

Let me turn this to an open question:

Is Angela Merkel‘s reelection likely to see Germany investing in the offshore Mediterranean gas and oil sector?

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Carry on Sino-German cooperation for broader prospects – People’s Daily Online

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a MUST READ article in China’s  People’s Daily Online. Check it out!

Carry on Sino-German cooperation for broader prospects – People’s Daily Online.

For me, the article stressed that Angela Merkel‘s reelection would likely see not only increased trade between Germany and China but increased strategic cooperation. This once again made me reflect on the many opportunities missed by David Cameron’s Government in leveraging trade with China.

Let me turn this to two open questions:

  1. If Germany turns to China more as a strategic partner, how will this affect European foreign policy?
  2. Similarly, if Germany turns  to China more as a strategic partner, how should David Cameron‘s UK Government respond?

Any thoughts?

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