In the lead article to this open issue of German Politics and Society,
Michael Werz offers an insightful and ambitious sweep of the
large questions confronting Germany and the European Union in the
context of the twentieth century's legacies. Particularly welcome are
Werz's criticisms of the increasingly crucial role that anti-Americanism
has played in the establishment of a putatively multicultural identity
in Europe. Werz demonstrates how the American experience has
great relevance for Europe and how German and European intellectuals
do their cause a great disservice by dismissing this experience as
irrelevant, inferior—or worse.
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