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One of the big lies in this sorry mess is that of the lazy Southerners with their lavish welfare states. Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece were, for the better part of the 20th century, right-wing regimes. They did not partake of the "social democratic" advances of post-war Europe like their northern neighbours did. As a result there is a dearth of capital accumulation, and a skimpy social safety net.

Daniel Cohn Bendit said it best and early (may 2010): one doesn't legislate into existence the level of social cohesion that Northern Europe enjoys

tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 14th, 2012 at 06:36:54 PM EST
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