Os autores argumentam que o aumento de peso de Berlim (e de Paris) é também, nas condições atuais, uma oportunidade para os pequenos que sejam capazes de ter a audácia e a ambição de pensar o cenário europeu em grande, muito em especial no domínio das relações internacionais:
- with Germany introverted, France downgraded, and Britain semi-detached, the big story in European foreign policy is that the time has come for the little guy who thinks big.
- So the answer today to Henry Kissinger’s famous question about whom he should call when he wants to speak to Europe, is not necessarily “the German chancellor.”
- As the “big three” increasingly pursue their own narrowly defined national interests, however, other EU member states are emerging as leaders in key foreign-policy fields.
- Moreover, Germany, it seems, is becoming a “geo-economic power” driven by the needs of its export sector. By using economic means to pursue its foreign-policy ends, Germany is gradually turning its back on its European partners.
- So, Poland and Sweden: Europe needs your leadership. But that might not be enough in an EU with more than 500 million citizens. Other EU states need to follow their example in order to make European foreign policy truly effective and influential.
Mas claro - é preciso ter essa capacidade e essa ambição. É pena que alguns pequenos países, como Portugal, a tenha abandonado.
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