Of course-and perhaps most importantly - the dominant political values of Germany are reassuring. The far-right AfD, as of right now, is only polling at around 10%, less than half of what the Rassemblement National holds in France. But how can Europe rise to its geopolitical responsibilities in the face of China and Russia, within a context threatened by American absence, when a party perhaps preparing for power in the most important European nation remains trapped in a predominately anti-militarist discourse?
Great Britain left the EU seduced by the mirage of the "Global Britain" project, the vacuum of which was apparent as soon as the Americans withdrew from Kabul. Italy, under Mario Draghi, is happily surprising its old detractors, as well as its faithful friends. Yet no matter how dynamic and energetic Italy is, it cannot replace Germany geopolitically. France is bound to have its own elections in April 2022. If the polls are to be trusted, Emmanuel Macron leads the race, but the truth of today is not necessarily that of tomorrow.
What is more certain than ever is that France needs a strong Germany by its side, one that through its actions, demonstrates it accepts the radical changes taking place on the world stage. Make no mistake, the alternative to a strong and vocal Europe is one that, through uncertainty and division, would be taking a path of voluntary servitude. This is what is at stake in the German elections of September 26.
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