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Euro crisis firms German power, 25 years after fall of Berlin Wall

But many complain Berlin is too reluctant to lead, despite its dominant position in the continent

Analysts have little doubt that Europe's power now lies in Berlin, rather than Brussels, Paris or London, with the damaging eurozone crisis only heightening that perception.


"WE beat the Germans twice and now they're back," then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher reportedly said after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, expressing her fears a reunited Germany would grow to dominate Europe.

Fast forward to Athens in 2012, at the height of the