The CDU will beat the trend against Christian Democrats in the 2013 elections, but for how long? http://t.co/S47XuiVBwd— LSE EUROPP blog (@LSEEuroppblog) September 21, 2013
Despite Germany’s 'green' reputation, climate change has been absent from the election campaign http://t.co/SAH2YQoaDM— LSE EUROPP blog (@LSEEuroppblog) September 21, 2013
OE predictions on German elections - see what our analysts expect, AfD in/out & coalition setup - far from consensus! http://t.co/ZFBEPYEWk0— Open Europe (@OpenEurope) September 20, 2013
"Germany wants to be imitated but it doesn't want to lead," said Jose Maria de Areilza, professor of law at Madrid's ESADE business school. "There is a big gap between its more assertive economic power and lack of leadership in security and defense."
Christian Lequesne, research director at France's Sciences-Po institute in Paris, said Germany was becoming "a big Switzerland", accumulating wealth while avoiding international responsibility in crises like Syria or the euro zone.