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You got the word I was looking for when I posted the item. Yet you're right, this is in a superior category to chutzpah. Chutzpah is too nice.

This is brazen power, the reality behind the "Franco-German couple" facade. For Sarkozy, the Germans were willing to put on the "France still matters" show known as Merkozy. For Hollande, they are willing to put a pretty ribbon round the austerity pact. With a superior smile, as they get on with beggar-thy-neighbour business as usual.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Apr 26th, 2012 at 02:08:33 AM EST
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We've been told that the EU was supposed to make war between the European Powers impossible.

Unfortunately it seems to have replaced bombers with bankers.

(And it may also be worth reminding readers how the banking classes facilitated and funded the Nazis in the run up to WWII.)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Apr 26th, 2012 at 04:05:53 AM EST
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And it may also be worth reminding readers how the banking classes facilitated and funded the Nazis in the run up to WWII.

And not just in Germany alone. The Anglo-US bank Brown Brothers Harriman and Prescott Bush were instrumental in providing investment and technology sharing, including the process for extracting gasoline from coal and producing tetra ethyl lead as well as synthetic rubber which was provided to Germany and withheld from US industry for several years.

IBM, Standard Oil, DuPont, and Ford, among others supported such efforts and then got to keep their assets in Germany after the war. Julius and Ethyl Rosenberg were executed for similar generosity towards the Soviet Union. US businessmen, especially Ford, were envious of how effectively Hitler dealt with the Unions and Hitler personally gave a medal to Henry Ford for his services to the Nazi regime.

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

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Apr 26th, 2012 at 10:39:27 AM EST
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Like the neutron bomb, the buildings are left standing while people perish.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Apr 26th, 2012 at 02:14:34 PM EST
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