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Ulrich Beck: Germany has actually created an ‘accidental empire’ in Europe.

European Security News.- Ulrich Beck is professor of sociology at Munich's Ludwig-Maximilian University and the London School of Economics, and author of World at Risk.

European Security News.- Ulrich Beck is professor of sociology at Munich's Ludwig-Maximilian University and the London School of Economics, and author of World at Risk.

Are we now living in a German Europe? In an interview with EUROPP editors Stuart A Brown and Chris Gilson, Ulrich Beck discusses German dominance of the European Union, the divisive effects of austerity policies, and the relevance of his concept of the ‘risk society’ to the current problems being experienced in the Eurozone.

How has Germany come to dominate the European Union?

Well it happened somehow by accident. Germany has actually created an ‘accidental empire’. There is no master plan; no intention to occupy Europe. It doesn’t have a military basis, so all the talk about a ‘Fourth Reich’ is misplaced. Rather it has an economic basis – it’s about economic power – and it’s interesting to see how in the anticipation of a European catastrophe, with fears that the Eurozone and maybe even the European Union might break down, the landscape of power in Europe has changed fundamentally. READ MORE HERE

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