German Chill Toward NATO’s Growth Ignores Past: Frederick Kempe

April 1, 2008

There are still times when Germans must be reminded of history’s lessons….Sadly, Germany may fail history’s test this week at the NATO Summit in Bucharest, beginning tomorrow. Chancellor Angela Merkel has led opposition to an alliance membership path sought by Georgia and Ukraine, states that grew out of the former Soviet Union. Though France, Italy and Spain also oppose, U.S. officials see Germany as the chief impediment because the majority of alliance countries are in favor, including all former Soviet bloc members. Merkel’s arguments seem sound at first blush, but they are misguided and dangerous. more