(OT: I'm holding out a faint hope for Pope Francis. But first he evidently has to appoint enough bishops, and retire some others, to get within range of another vote. It's ironic that being conciliar and cooperative, devolving power away from the top, would be such a good step, if only the council weren't still dominated by such top-down, uncooperative types. Who undoubtedly don't believe in metaphors.)
I didn't read the Telegraph article -- serious health crisis in the family -- but I wondered if it wasn't mainly about re-drawing the lines in Europe in response to Russian aggression. In the context of Ukraine and the other countries that Russia has already shamelessly invaded, as well as others like Hungary that are tilting precipitously back toward authoritarianism, the importance of Germany's holding a firm line for democracy and human rights, even at some cost, can hardly be overstated. It's the pivot point, and its military is clearly going to be needed for more than just self-defense. I hope German lawmakers will wake up to that fact sooner rather than later, after Russia has gobbled up a few more weak neighbors. Surely postwar German generations have at least studied their own history enough to recognize the blinding similarities -- the flimsy excuses of rescuing Russian-language speakers, etc. 'No one wants another war' sounds dismayingly like Neville Chamberlain.
Unfortunately, so far that badly needed anchor point hasn't yet seemed at all stable, what with the German economy lagging and too much natural gas still coming from the east. As much as I wish there were more sustainable energy sources, I'm afraid that Merkel's decision to back off from nuclear power so early, and her reluctance to challenge Putin outright (though at least she's not as bad as Schroeder), may come back to haunt her. I'm glad the world admires the German soccer team (I do too), but I'm afraid it's going to take a lot more than that.
And yes, it would indeed be nice if the UK would quit whining about the EU and get busy just helping. I think the leaders of all the major British parties are probably actually reasonably disposed toward Europe, but Cameron needs to show some spine and own that position instead of trying to straddle the fence and pander to UKIP etc.