One of the main objectives of European Unification is detaining Germany, put it Wall Street Journal Commentator Irwin Stelzer. Superficially seen, Germany widened its influence in the course of financial crisis. German Chancellor Angela Merkel tries to align the EU with German economic standards as part of the effort to handle systemic repercussions of financial crisis.
Irwin Stelzer argues that this would create a German Europe. In my book this is wrong, because German propositions result in growing power of EU central institutions. Maybe these institutions then smack of German economic standards, but Germany as a nation state cannot benefit from this. Therefore Merkel is now confronted with growing resistance in German parliament. Politcians there belief that German standards in fact will erode in the EU over the years and this is why they are not very fond of introducing more central EU power.
Wall Street Journal: Europe´s Not Playing Ball With Merkel