"THE battle-lines are drawn. When the world’s big trading nations convene this week at a G20 summit in Hamburg, the stage is set for a clash between a protectionist America and a free-trading Germany."
"THE social-market economy devised in Germany after the second world war, with its careful blend of market capitalism, strong labour protection and a generous welfare state, served the country well for several decades. But it is now coming under pressure as never before. As economic growth stalls yet again, the country is being branded the sick man (or even the Japan) of Europe."
"Mein Schluss aus dem Artikel in Verbindung mit dem Datum seines Erscheinens ist, den Betreibern des schiefen, deutschen Geschaeftsmodells ist vollkommen klar, welche Folgen und Risiken es hat. Sie betreiben es trotzdem und im vollen Bewusstsein.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/205948.stm
Aber was ist von jemandem, der so etwas ohne Not tut, zu halten?"
"Prime Minister Tony Blair has promised to work with newly-elected German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to extend the "Third Way" concept across a more integrated Europe.
Writing for the German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag ahead of Mr Schr_'s first official visit to the UK on Monday, Mr Blair also said Germany had come to terms with its Nazi past and "moved on". The prime minister wrote that he and the chancellor would discuss ways to extend their shared political vision - the "Third Way" or "Neue Mitte" in German - into the mainstream of European politics.
The BBC's William Horsley: "Mr Schroeder is, in some ways, a German Mr Blair"
And in a move likely to inflame the Conservatives, Mr Blair argued that Europe needed closer economic cooperation and reitierated his vision of a pan-European defence capability divorced from Nato."
"Social democrats are in government in almost all the countries of the Union. Social democracy has found new acceptance – but only because, while retaining its traditional values, it has begun in a credible way to renew its ideas and modernise its programmes. It has also found new acceptance because it stands not only for social justice but also for economic dynamism and the unleashing of creativity and innovation.
The trademark of this approach is the New Centre in Germany and the Third Way in the United Kingdom. Other social democrats choose other terms that suit their own national cultures. But though the language and the institutions may differ, the motivation is everywhere the same. Most people have long since abandoned the world view represented by the dogmas of left and right. Social democrats must be able to speak to those people."