In today’s Germany, Wolfgang Streeck argues, politicians laud “Europe” — while quietly using EU structures to advance German national interests.
Wolfgang Streeck is a director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. His most recent book is Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism.
When business isn’t intimidated enough to accept constraints on its power, capitalism suffocates democracy.
With the opposition reduced to a dispersed minority, the German government is firmly in the hands of Angela Merkel's centrist coalition.