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Whither the 'Good Europeans'?: EU Ire with Germany Spills into the Open - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
Berlin has shown an increased willingness in recent weeks to go it alone when it comes to questions facing Berlin and its partners in the European Union. Now, though, the dissent threatens to turn into outright hostility.

...Following the appearance on Wednesday of a Newsweek interview with German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück -- in which he picks apart Britain's recent sales tax (VAT) reduction -- Downing Street has hit back. Germany, a source close to the prime minister's office told the BBC, "was in a minority position and out of step with most other countries on how to deal with the looming recession."

...France has likewise played a major role in poisoning the relationship with Germany. "It used to be that whatever happened in the European Union, Germany and France discussed it first before going public with a proposal," Barysch said. "Now, they open up the newspaper in Berlin to learn that Sarkozy has sprung a new idea on them. They are constantly being put on the spot having to respond to proposals from Sarkozy. And they really don't like that."

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 11th, 2008 at 03:21:12 PM EST
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