Here’s a short interview with Brendan Simms, a professor of history of international relations. He talks to an editor of the Economist about the past and present strength of Germany within Europe and its implications in the context of the euro crisis.

He explains that the appeal that Germany should “lead” doesn’t mean it should “pay more”—as public opinion often holds. It simply means that it’s up to Germany to invest its political capital into a reform of the EU respectively the euro zone and press for deeper integration.

On the other hand he believes that besides other issues the recent—hardly promising—attempts to tie Britain more closely to the EU Germany is jeopardizing its scope in this regard.

It’s good to hear sane voices out there still.