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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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