Will the Centre Hold?

There is an urgent need to foster what the great historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. once called the vital centre. In Europe and in North America. There is a pressing need to remember those disquieting lines from “The Second Coming” by W. B. Yeats:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

TGA’s assessment, warning, and behest: “On past form, the woman whose professed heroine is Catherine the Great will see off the immediate political challenge with a combination of ruthlessness and tactical accommodation that has earned the label “Merkevellian”. But Merkel is now embattled, and with her the very centre of Europe’s centre. I will never forget a photograph of Merkel standing alone in the centre of a vast empty stage with, suspended above her head, a sign saying simply Die Mitte (the centre). Over her 10 years as chancellor she, and Germany with her, have come to be just that: Europe’s centre, politically, economically, diplomatically, but also ideologically.”


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