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Well, my opinion, the PS claim, the NYT analysis, etc. all see it as a gimmick. So we could all be wrong.
by rootless2 on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 03:57:05 PM EST
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Oh, I have no doubt that Sarko regards it as an election gimmick. But that says more about Sarko's understanding of economics and/or views of the constitution of the Fifth Republic than it does about the importance of killing that amendment.

Sadly, demented goldbuggery does not become harmless just because its proponents do not take it seriously (if they even understand it, which in Sarko's case is somewhat doubtful).

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 at 04:04:46 PM EST
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Let me see if I can learn the correct approach. Journalists consider it a gimmick, the opposition calls it a gimmick, Sarko himself may consider it a gimmick, but yet it is not a gimmick because if passed it locks the French government into a strict financial discipline that can only be relaxed whenever it is not wanted.  Outstanding!
by rootless2 on Thu Nov 24th, 2011 at 08:53:05 AM EST
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I don't think you can learn anything.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 24th, 2011 at 08:57:04 AM EST
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You are still making out that the debt brake requirement from Germany is a "gimmick"?

I said in my comment above that Sarkozy would have liked to have made electoral capital out of it, certainly. And the Socialists' communication, understandably and to some effect, pointed that out.

But Germany's insistence on this and soon other changes at the level of treaty or constitutional law in eurozone countries is a serious matter. Forgive us poor benighted Europeans for seeing it as such.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 24th, 2011 at 02:03:06 AM EST
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It's odd how the correct "left" interpretation requires one to take the supposed financial rectitude of the German government seriously.  Those of us ignorant foreigners, lacking the correct ideological methodology see that world-wide, the right is the party of massive public spending and debt - just only on things like bailing out banks and making irresponsible bondholders good and military equipment.
by rootless2 on Thu Nov 24th, 2011 at 08:56:33 AM EST
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rootless2:
the supposed financial rectitude of the German government

No. Just the not-at-all-supposed obtuse arrogance of the German government.

But I'd be asking you to learn something, and that...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 24th, 2011 at 08:59:48 AM EST
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