2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War (1914-1918). Why should we remember? The Great War continues to influence the political landscape of Europe. And 100 years later, Europe struggles again, facing a long lasting economic crisis. Could history repeat itself?
Comparing the crisis in Ukraine to Europe in 1914 is misleading and absurd. Historical analogizing doesn’t include a license to engage in reckless punditry.
It is high time we start drawing the right conclusions from 1914. Luckily, one German and his Polish counterpart are already doing it.