An Essay By Anne Applebaum

An Essay By Anne Applebaum in SPIEGEL ONLINE

A Test of Maturity

“Germany Must Abandon Its Military Reluctance and Lead

Germany enjoys high regard around the world. But with American power weakening and authoritarian powers rising, the country needs to abandon its military reluctance and finally lead in Europe.”

“Anne Applebaum, 53, is an historian and respected expert on Russian affairs. She received the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for her book “Gulag,” about Soviet labor camps. She writes regularly for The Washington Post and Foreign Policy and is married to former Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski.”

She says in her essay: “Trump may be an aberration, but he does reflect a very real American exhaustion, and real American doubt about the worth of the trans-Atlantic alliance. ” I say, but what about the people in America who have the real power?

I also wonder, whether she studied the Putin speeches and what she might respond to these?


4 thoughts on “An Essay By Anne Applebaum

  1. Talking about, ” a very real American exhaustion,” and “making America great again” seems to be a contradiction. Trump might be rich but he does not belong to the establishment. The establishment is doing its darnedest to bend him to its wishes.

    Applebaum talks in her article about a future Russian aggression. How does she assume that? As a “respected expert on Russian affairs” surely she knows about the history of Western aggression against Russia. Does she mean to say, that preparing for the defence of their motherland the Russians are aggressive?

    Demanding a militarily stronger Germany, she should be more circumspect with what she wishes for. Whatever Germany does it applies itself more to the job at hand than any other country. If it is aggressive, we know what could happen. If it wants to be peaceful than it gets stronger. Capitalism has another colour in Germany – it is called Soziale Marktwirtschaft or Social Market Economy (

    If they want to be invisible they do that very well. If they want to create a multicultural society than they do that too, to the annoyance of some right-wing people in Germany.

    The English speaking countries have a fear of Germany and what do the Germans do? They are starting to speak English. Which is now a political discussion point in Germany. The fear of a stronger Germany was the reason for the First Worl War. It had to be contained at all costs. There was always the fear of future aggression. And we can see that today in regard to Russia and China.

    And now we have come to the point where everybody is clamouring for a greater German involvement in the fight against “future aggression”. After the end of WW 2, the Germans swore “Nie wieder Krieg (never war again)”. But today German troops are involved in peace missions in eleven countries. And hardly anybody knows about it.

    1. What you say here, Berlioz, sounds about right to me. Thank you very much for commenting. I say, you have an enormously good grasp of the situation and explain everything very well. Thank you for that! 🙂

  2. Gerard, I feel sad, that overall people are so scared of the possibility of being attacked that they rather work for defense and war rather than for peace.The costs that nations spend on defense, are outrages. Has anyone the ability to drastically reduce defense spending instead of increasing it?

    Here is some of what Anna Applebaum says:

    “Trump may be an aberration, but he does reflect a very real American exhaustion, and real American doubt about the worth of the trans-Atlantic alliance. Germans should have a plan to deal with threats in America’s absence. Right now, you don’t.

    Pretending They Don’t Exist

    At the very least Germany, by itself, lacks the military power and therefore the foreign policy clout to keep Europe safe from future Russian aggression; to help bring peace — and thus an end to the refugee crisis — to the Middle East; to do anything about the reconstruction of Libya except talk about it. Germans once confronted the problem of unification, and they spent time and resources on solving it. But when it comes to problems in the wider region, Germany has been absent.”

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