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John O. Brennan
Why Germany feels dissed
Why Germany feels dissed

I arrived in Berlin last week hoping to see something rare: a country that's prosperous, well-governed and even happy, if only because it was just crowned champion of soccer's World Cup. Germany is all those things, and Germans know they are doing well. They need only look around to notice that their economy is stronger and their government more effective than those of their neighbors. Their chancellor, Angela Merkel, an indispensable ally of President Obama in crises from Ukraine to Iran, is "the uncrowned empress of Europe," in the words of Josef Joffe, publisher of the weekly newspaper Die Zeit. But I also found a Germany that has been plunged back into angst...

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