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Having been an early supporter of the euro, I now consider my engagement to be the biggest professional mistake I ever made. ...

I have three reasons for my change of heart. ...

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Third, instead of uniting Europe, the euro increases friction. Students in Athens, the unemployed in Lisbon and protesters in Madrid not only complain about national austerity measures, they protest against Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. Moreover, the euro widens the rift between countries with the euro and those without. Of course Romania would love to join, but does anybody believe Britain or Sweden will find it attractive to join a "transfer union"? Meanwhile, dissatisfaction with the euro drags down the acceptance of the EU itself.

Poor, poor Angie, she who has nothing but good intentions towards the ungrateful untermenschen in Southern Europe.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2011 at 04:25:05 PM EST
Accusing Merkel of being a racist is Still Not Helpful.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 03:24:27 AM EST
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All I have to do is quote Der Spiegel... Merkel's Clichés Debunked by Statistics The Myth of a Lazy Southern Europe (19 May, 2011)
In less statesman-like vocabulary, what she really meant is this: "We aren't going to give our hard-earned German money to lazy southern Europeans." The chancellor made it sound as if Germans are financing some sort of easy prosperity for these countries. While there may not be anything new in the substance of that message coming from Berlin, the tone certainly is. They are the kind of statements that appeal to voters concerned these countries might be getting a free ride at their expense. But is Merkel correct?


Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:15:06 AM EST
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That is certainly an indication of insufferable ethnocentric arrogance, but not of Nazi racial theory.

Get today's issues in focus.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:19:24 AM EST
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Oh, I have been doing that too. Do you want a list of commented links?

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:23:23 AM EST
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No, I want you to stop shooting yourself in the foot. You want to have the "what she did" conversation, not the "what she is" conversation:

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:54:12 AM EST
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Maybe I should write that what she did diary about how she undermined Euromediterranean cooperation in a fit of one-upmanship with Sarko...

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:56:02 AM EST
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I'm aware of that, of course. But unless you consider Nazi ideology to be still inspiring German elites, and are willing to produce an historical argument in favour of that thesis, then the Nazi allusions are (at best) distracting chaff.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 05:04:35 AM EST
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And referring back to Nazi ideology just rhetoric.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Sep 1st, 2011 at 04:15:49 AM EST
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