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Agreed, though I would note that German bias has always been to a strong mark, and now to a strong Euro, as that policy directly benefits German industry.

And of course you are also correct on Total viz the former DDR, though it seems to me there was a quid pro quo there. Total paid for this, directly to the Christian Democratic party...

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Tue Sep 11th, 2007 at 04:44:06 PM EST
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Yep, German strong currency and fiscal conservatism policy has domestic roots and interests. On the other hand, what I failed to make clear in an earlier comment is that I saw you mixing up (West) German fiscal conservatism with neoliberal policies (which also preach that budget deficit is evil).

On the black funds from Total to the CDU, yeah, and we still don't know any details -- the dossiers from that period 'mysteriously' disappeared, and the attorneys decided that no one is to blame and there is no case... On the other hand, if my rusty memory of the case is right, even more of Total's payments found their way back into France; a real brotherly mess of corruption :-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Sep 11th, 2007 at 04:57:29 PM EST
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