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Merkel’s words on Europe are a reality check, not an insult

Unlike the UK, Germany realises that the EU is the only game in town as America wavers and Asia booms

By Dominic Hinde  

Merkel's comments were delivered in a beer hall—but they'll be sobering for many in Britain. Photo: PA

In the summer of 2008, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama made a speech to an adoring crowd in Berlin, riding a wave of hope that the difficult relationship between the US and Europe during the Bush years could be brushed aside.

That day Obama invoked the Berlin airlift as German democracy’s finest hour, and there is no doubt that without British and American assistance West Berlin would have been unable to…

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