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I don't think so.  They are 'marshaling the mainstream' and trying to make sure they are seen to do the right thing by it. If Merkel has one strength above all, it is reading the political tea-leaves and acting within what mainstream (or manufactured, if you will) opinion will regard as "sensible" or the least damaging to her political fortunes... She will not go out on a limb, but for the problem to be seen as a "Greek problem" plays into chauvinistic and nationalist narratives.  The one thing she lust avoid is for it to come to be seen as a German problem - by the German electorate themselves - because then it is she who will be held responsible for solving it. And solving it, as we know, is going to cost someone a lot of money.  If it ends up being the German elite/banks, she had better have someone else to blame.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Mar 13th, 2015 at 07:19:59 AM EST
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I am sure that there are plenty of instances where it is perfectly clear that she reenforce the whole 'feckless Greek/virtuous German' meme and it has been in use so long that neither she nor her party could not but be blamed, and, IMO, deservedly so. I must give her credit though for being the ONE conservative European leader to see that the situation is untenable and the results of 'austerity' are and will continue to be catastrophic. Legacy time for Merkel.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Mar 13th, 2015 at 07:57:03 AM EST
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