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Where is there the great German triumph?

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The present "significance" (as I said, we are in deep crisis and not in a golden age) should be only something like the Indian summer in Germany. Nothing more.

Sadly, most comments seem more triumphant than reflective. Worse, we see the splitting into sheep and goats with critics, especially "leftists" being cast out and the citizens of peripheral nations unfavorably compared to Germans. Germans live to work while southerners merely work in order to live.

From that perspective why should southerners get anything but punishment by the righteous? This seems like a crude update of medieval analogies of society to a human body, with the head being Germany and the rebellious limbs and back being southerners. I would feel better were there more comments that revealed any sense of understanding amongst that portion of Germans who respond to Speigel that there are flaws in the existing arrangement and that what so many Germans seem to expect from the rest of Europe is not only of questionable morality but also economically impossible.

In sum, and given the obvious limits of Google Translate, I find this comment stream on this Spiegel Forum extremely disquieting.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Dec 9th, 2011 at 11:29:39 AM EST
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