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La Stampa - Italy | Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Don't leave Berlin alone with Europe's problems

Germany will continue to push for a just and peaceful world order in its leading role, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stressed last week in an opinion piece in the New York Times. But that doesn't release Italy and other countries from their duties in this area, the liberal daily La Stampa warns: "If Germany assumes the role of Europe's leading player in foreign policy, the dangers of a geopolitical rupture along the EU's north-south axis may be seriously overlooked: namely an economic danger (a Grexit) and a defence policy danger (Syria, Libya). Italy should play a key role in solving the problems in the Mediterranean. As long as a genuine common foreign policy and an EU army are lacking, all that counts are the united forces of the individual states. ... Italy too must take a direct interest in joining forces with others to bring the great crisis on Europe's southern front under control."

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