VDH over at NRO puts up a post that should make everyone pause a bit.
Germany has been humbled and continues to humble itself over its deeds of the first half of the 20th Century.
As more of that generation and it those of the older Boomer cohort fall away - I think Germany will trend back to "normal" - whatever that is for Germany.
Modern Germany is a great place. A very clean, moderate, pleasant and to be blunt - one of the best places in the world to be a human.
The balance of their European neighbors - with the exception of the Nordic and the Dutch, really do seem to expect a bit much of Germany - and the question is; when will Germany say, "Enough!"
I hate to quote in full - but this needs a full quote to get the picture.
Germany, loaded with cash, recently upped its retirement age to 67. Nearby France, almost insolvent, lowered its retirement age from 62 to 60 for certain workers. The former is supposed to lend cash to broke EU members, the latter not only cannot, but needs some itself. The above paradox is not really a financial problem; it is a political disaster in the making. France is sending an ultimatum that its own citizens will work seven fewer years than Germans to enjoy the good life, while Germans — replete with historical baggage — not only will pay for it by giving up their retirement years, but ought to pay for it. Given the other overt and implicit EU member insults to Germany, the greatest German backlash in the last 80 years is not a matter of if, but when. And the longer it is repressed, the more explosively it will erupt.Don't make them angry. You wouldn't like them when they are angry.