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Maria Tadeo

The Days of ‘Germany Knows Best’ Are Over

The energy crisis gives southern Europe a bigger say in policymaking.

Germany had pipeline problems.

Germany had pipeline problems.

Photographer: picture alliance/picture alliance

Europe’s era of “Germany knows best” is ending.

For a decade, Berlin commanded moral and financial authority in the European Union, guiding policy and playing bad cop to the weaker southern economies. The energy crisis has upended that balance.