I feel as if there would need to be many more events that occurred before Germany did such a thing. That would rock the western world, leave Germany a bit geographically isolated from it's eastern allies, and leave it surrounded by those they just economically separated from.
If more countries in Europe join BRIC, that could be stepping stones for Germany.
Don't forget, Hitlers rise to power didn't happen overnight, and Rome wasn't built in a day. But we are seeing the chess pieces moving. I do wonder if many of these events will occur during the next generation.
That is, of course, unless another "new Pearl Harbor" occurred to speed things up, on either side of the fence.
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