As an exercise, may I suggest re-reading the piece a second time, mentally substituting the word "Europe" with "Germany", and "European" with "German".
"At the age of 73, Schäuble exudes authority and gravitas. The Christian Democrat, who uses a wheelchair after an assassination attempt in 1990 left him paralysed from the waist down, is the longest-serving MP in postwar Germany, and has been at the heart of government since 1989. He ran the negotiations over German reunification, and he was there at the birth of the euro at Maastricht in 1992. Schäuble was the man who translated and articulated Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s shrewd but ill-formed ideas for more than a decade, and Kohl’s hand-picked successor. But the two men fell out over a funding scandal that led to a criminal investigation of the former chancellor and forced Schäuble’s resignation as party leader in 2000."
My favourite "entertainment value" bit:
"For the Europeans, the main obstacle was the brash Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, whose sex appeal and radical rhetoric had grabbed headlines. Varoufakis’s opponents had quickly become irritated by what they regarded as his grandstanding in his monthly appearances before the Eurogroup committee of finance ministers. In his efforts to split the other finance ministers against one another, Varoufakis succeeded only in uniting them against himself. At one meeting in February, Varoufakis and Dijsselbloem had nearly come to blows. Moscovici, the former French finance minister and European Commission member, had to step in to prevent a fight. “There was a moment of physical tension between Dijsselbloem and Varoufakis,” Moscovici revealed in an interview for a documentary that aired on French television earlier this week. “They accused each other of being liars. I had to intervene,” he said. “It took me a moment to separate them.” From that moment on, Varoufakis and Dijsselbloem never spoke again."