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Further, if the Greek bonds are not repaid because the Greek are rioting in the streets, then obviously it is those brown-skinned barbarians who don't understand civilised virtues of thrift and austerity that caused the virtuous, prudent and generous German banks to go bust. Whereas if the German banks go bust because they take the same, negotiated, haircut as everybody else, then it'll be a lot harder to prevent people from arguing that the bailout should come with strings attached.
And avoiding strings on the private banking sector is the point of the exercise. Sure, they may tear Europe apart in the process. But since when does the BuBa or the EPP care about the European interest?
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