There is a lot to be adressed in this paragraph. The temptation of low standard serving business purposes. Added-value of reading. What do readers want. Etc
Book was written in 1994. Think about it wth today's eyes. Communication is part of politics, not the opposite.
Historical bounds between Germany and France should not be summed up to three wars. 18th and 19th centuries were times of strong links, especially as Germany existed only as the German confederation.
There is almost a philosophical struggle here. Bad is easier to achieve and has more potential than good has. This is the Mariana trench vs the Himalaya summit.