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For me, Ulrich Beck’s model seems to be designed around recent German history. In my view, it does not necessarily clarify matters as to the future direction of socialization in Europe. Let me share my own views.
I agree that Germany is the dominant force in Europe; I further believe that the dominance has come from Germany’s economic strength. From Germany’s economic strength, given economic weakness in much of Southern Europe, Germany has secured political strength.
Germany believes in conservative national economic housekeeping; in formal terms, this model is called neoliberalism. However, in Germany’s case, because of her history and firm belief in effective…
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