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Don’t trust the Germans

Michael Mertes, Helmut Kohl's European policy strategist, warns Euro-sceptics that the German electorate will not revolt against monetary union

By Michael Mertes   May 1996

The great thing about voters is that they do what they like. In early 1994, a British colleague tried to convince me that the Bund Freier B?rger, a German anti-Maastricht party, would score 10 per cent in the European elections. It had just been founded by Manfred Brunner, a former member of the Free Democrats and chef de cabinet of EU commissioner Martin Bangemann. Its ideology hovered somewhere between economic liberalism and teutonic jingoism; its programme is a crusade against Emu.

My British friend’s argument had its logic: some two thirds of the German electorate dislike Emu and love their…

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