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SZ also quotes the Spanish government reaction. As for why Merkel went right-populist, SZ thinks it is because of the threat to government majority in parliament by rebels who'd vote against another rescue package for Greece (as quoted in an earlier thread, SZ knows about 14 FDP and 5 CDU/CSU potential rebels, only two more would force Merkel into damaging her authority by relying on SPD and Green votes; SZ also quotes again an FDP guy still fuming about the FDP-pursued tax cuts), but doubts that such talk will convince the rebels.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
How does it make sense, then, for Merkel to propagate xenophobic clichés against the supposed recipients of the "rescue"? That's just likely to strengthen the resolve of the rebels within the CDU/FDP majority as they can now expect the public to support them.
Unless Merkel is framing it as "we want to force those lazies to reform and the only way to do it is with the carrot of a rescue". Is she?
Economics is politics by other means
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