February 13, 2013

Germany's Political Masochism

Anna Sauerbrey, New York Times

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Though Germany has been a nation of goody-two-shoes for decades, many Germans remain convinced that there is evil lurking in each of us, especially our political elite. Isn’t that the one thing history has taught us, that every political system is fallible, that there can never be enough control over the political leaders? When we don’t find that evil, we look deeper, until we find something, anything, to prove us right. Instead of taking pride in our comparatively low level of corruption and our fairly high level of prosperity, German voters and the news media are busy scolding their leaders and constantly feeling mistreated.

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