From: South Carolina, USA
(Technical) Thank you gentleman, and good morning.
(InGame) The German ministry wises to address reaction to the chancellor's speech. Herr Ratzinger did not say that Germany is going to war tomorrow. Rather think of our policy as interest based realpolitik. As Bismarck made a German state, so we will expand it. The Great War was horrible for Germany and the other powers. After that trauma there was talk of disarmament and arbitration. That was twenty years ago, and times have changed. Now the very term "powers" may be obsolete. Perhaps we are entering an age of "superpowers", nation states so large and powerful as to have global ambitions. Herr Ratzinger knows Germany is not yet in that class of nations, and his mandate is to place Germany, or a coalition of states lead by Germany into that class. Like it or not, Italy cannot aspire to such status, but in concert with Germany we have a chance. To think that these new superpowers will not resort to arms is incorrect, and Germany is not led by men under that delusion. The average man in the street does not want war, but they do not want to be dominated by others either. German and Italian leadership is confident the people understand this situation and will bravely stand by the nation.