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Germany is so last year. Move with the times.

Seriously. Last year they were pulling the same sort of shit with Germany, using the official 13.5% unemployment rate and comparing it to the US rate and wittering on about inflexible labour markets.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Mar 31st, 2006 at 12:03:42 PM EST
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Of course, now Merkel is in power and Merkel sounds sort of like 'Merika so everything is great.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Mar 31st, 2006 at 12:04:43 PM EST
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I was thinking the same thing.  The business press was clearly pushing for Merkel, and -- shockingly -- Germany, after her election, became everybody's favorite country of the Continent, again.  I suppose it's an improvement on the "Old Europe" line (you know, baby steps).

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Mar 31st, 2006 at 12:11:34 PM EST
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I don't know if it's an improvement, but it's very noticeable.

The English-language media and the business/economy pundits have simply stopped bashing Germany. The "new" meme is France, proudly but foolishly attempting to oppose the forward march of the inevitable.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Mar 31st, 2006 at 02:04:59 PM EST
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