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And it is a bit boring to read the same Krugman blog post again and again. After all I and the rest of the readers of this blog too already did read it at the source.

Reagrding Münchau:
"While the balanced budget law is economically illiterate, it is also universally popular"

Universally popular all over the world. I already did mention the US. The popular support for austerity in the us and the UK is hardly "forced" by german pressure. The same is true in the rest of the world. Balanced budget laws and constitutional balanced budget amendments are always popular. I doubt there are many countries where public opinion is different.

That is a problem and we should deal with it. And not seek the fount of all evil somewhere over the border in "Frankfurt".

by IM on Thu Sep 8th, 2011 at 05:00:41 AM EST
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It's not nearly as boring as 'top economists and bankers' and other weasels pushing the same self-interested but ultimately suicidal policies again and again.

Your comments are trivially short, loaded with emotive insinuations, and entirely oppositional to the preceding comment with no further scope - all of which suggest trolling.

But just in case you're here to make a more positive contribution - perhaps you'd care to explain what you think the solution to the Eurozone crisis should be?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Sep 8th, 2011 at 06:03:46 AM EST
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Have you never been in an argument before?

They are oppositional to the preceding comment because we are debating. Are you so used to echo-chambers that you can't see the difference between debating and trolling? And length of a comment has nothing to with its quality. Look: I have read Krugman, you have read Krugman, probably most here have read the latest Krugman. No need to cite him again and again.  

"It's not nearly as boring as 'top economists and bankers' and other weasels pushing the same self-interested but ultimately suicidal policies again and again."

What kind of non sequitur is that?

"But just in case you're here to make a more positive contribution "

I would like to make a positive contribution. But I fear nobody would listen. I actually wanted to write a diary about the latest state elections here, but the current climate on this blog dissuaded me. Perhaps the next one.

by IM on Thu Sep 8th, 2011 at 06:23:07 AM EST
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I've been trying to understand the substance of your opinions on the subjects we are ostensibly debating, with no luck, I'm afraid. A number of others seem genuinely confused as to what your positions are. It would greatly improve the signal to noise ratio if you would care to lay them out.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Sep 8th, 2011 at 08:44:30 AM EST
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Seconded. I'm still trying to figure out IM's views and recommendations here, but so far I can't see anything.

Beyond the denunciation of bad taste WW II comparisons (and most of us agree), the only impression remaining (unfortunately) is him taking taking exception when someone blames the German leadership (politicos, bankers, etc...), for the current mess.

And no, I disagree that we are driving German contributors out: if French ETribbers were reacting that way each time Sarkozy, the UMP or the PS politics is criticized here, there wouldn't be any single French person left. Germany is no different.

And yes I would really welcome a diary about the latest state elections and generally speaking about German politics as it affects EU policies.

by Bernard on Thu Sep 8th, 2011 at 09:21:40 AM EST
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