Centrifugal Force

An Interview with Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

Germany remains the anchor, economically and to some degree politically, of the European Union. The pressures on the E.U. seem to worsen with every passing week, be they euroskeptic movements at home, Russian adventurism to the east, or Trump’s murky and unstable behavior to the west. Here, we speak to Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who served as Germany’s youngest ever defense minister, about his own country’s future and Europe’s and the risks that he sees as most damaging to both.

Octavian Report: Some both here and in Europe have tried to set the mantle of “leader of the free world” on Angela Merkel’s shoulders. What is your take on that?

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg: It’s probably, even for herself, the most peculiar overestimation of …

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