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Why the Germans do it better

We need to learn from a successful, grown-up, modern nation argues a new book by John Kampfner

Angela Merkel, Germany's leader Photo: Kay Nietfeld/dpa/PAImages

Angela Merkel, Germany's leader Photo: Kay Nietfeld/dpa/PAImages

Only a few years ago, David Cameron spoke about ID cards in a mock German accent. Back then, in the first decade of this century, Germany was still the butt of jokes. This has changed. Even Dominic Cummings—the PM’s top adviser—admires Otto von Bismarck. And Michael Gove reportedly attends the Wagner Festspiele in Bayreuth. It’s a good time to take a fresh look.

Too often studies on Germany highlight either its Wirtschaftswunder (economic miracle) or its high…

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