It said Europe had “got used to viewing the British as some sort of ludicrous outsiders that don’t get what the EU is all about anyway”.
The article said this line of thinking has turned out to be “dangerous” as Britain has “a sharper eye for [the EU’s] problems and hypocrisies.”
The article also pointed the blame at Oxbridge, saying an”elite” who were privately educated has helped add to the country’s problems.
The newspaper said: “For years he spoke as a Eurosceptic. When he announced the referendum he promised GB could survive without the EU.
“The fight about a topic that affects the lives of the British for decades to come was nothing more than a frivolous competition of two dazzling rhetoricians.”
Die Zeit said that the Ukip leader Nigel Farage was able to get the people behind him as the Tory party suffered from internal fighting.
“Otherwise ponderous uncles suddenly walked a youthful and euphoric walk. The battle cry: gain back control!”
The article also said the UK was split and divided long before the historic vote.