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greekdefaultwatch@gmail.com Natural gas consultant by day, blogger on the Greek economy by night. Trained as an economist and political scientist. I believe in common sense and in data, and my aim is to offer insight written in language that is clear and convincing.

22 November 2005

Kissinger and multilateralism

Henry Kissinger has an article in the Washington Post on the challenges facing the new coalition government in Germany. It is interesting and I recommend you give it a read; but I thought I would pull out one of the thoughts whose relevance transcends the scope of German politics:

“In the end, the issue of multilateralism vs. unilateralism does not concern procedure but substance. When purposes are parallel, multilateral decision follows nearly automatically. When they diverge, multilateral decision making turns into an empty shell. The challenge to the Atlantic Alliance has been less the abandonment of procedure than the gradual evaporation of a sense of common destiny.”

References:
Henry Kissinger, “Will Germany's Coalition Work?” Washington Post, 22 Nov 05 (link)

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