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We are at a point where being popular is hardly a reasonable aim.

The German government has to see that it is not possible to go on sticking blindly to an unworkable set of institutions and policies, or there will be major disruptions in Europe, in particular of the extreme-right government kind.

As Cyrille says, getting that point across is within the scope of firm diplomatic discourse, without the need for public histrionics.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 at 12:13:18 PM EST
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 "getting that point across is within the scope of firm diplomatic discourse,"

that is magical thinking

by IM on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 at 02:13:23 PM EST
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The only unrealistic thing about it is that we haven't got the statesmen we'd need to carry it out.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 at 02:34:39 PM EST
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O, "leadership". You are not an Wapo columnist?
by IM on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 at 02:45:54 PM EST
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Where am I am talking about "leadership"? I am talking about heads of state who are sufficiently clear-sighted, honest, and courageous to do what the situation calls for. Needless to say, we don't have them.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 at 03:38:39 PM EST
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statesmen. leadership. resolve.
by IM on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 at 05:47:24 PM EST
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They are all scared shitless of the markets, and to a certain extent they are right since the State has been hollowed out by 30+ years of Reagan-Thatcher and 15+ years of 3rd way.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 at 05:49:59 PM EST
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It is a matter of cultural hegemony.

Here in Germany, two thirds of the voters of Left (party) demand a balanced budget.

Any yes, you will the same mind set in every western country.

by IM on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 at 05:54:20 PM EST
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A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 at 05:57:24 PM EST
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And you can find the 66% among supporters of all parties.
by IM on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 at 06:10:17 PM EST
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And if we seek a bit we can find a press release of e. g. Renzi congratulating and promising Italy will achieve the same next tuesday.
by IM on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 at 06:12:37 PM EST
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Does this mean that a full third doesn't buy their bullshit any more? Given that the Nulldefizit is unassailable elite consensus that doesn't sound so bad.
by generic on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 at 07:22:26 PM EST
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Indeed.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Nov 29th, 2014 at 05:48:51 AM EST
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We're all supposed to be elated that the Bundestag approved a budget with zero new debt issues in 2015.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 28th, 2014 at 05:56:06 PM EST
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