Tue Jul 7th, 2015 at 05:57:11 AM EST
I can't read German and thus know little about this country's politics.
Germans want to believe the crisis is the Greeks' fault. I get it. I also get why a conservative party like the CDU would pander to that. But I see no daylight between the CDU and the SPD.
Whereas if you look at the French PS, the consistent pattern appears to me that the French government is trying to restrain German intransigence. Generally failing at that (as at much else) but at least trying. Most of this is done in private while a united front is presented publicly, but the cracks are clearly visible.
There is no sign of this with the SPD. A SPD government would be as harsh on Greece as the CDU has been. Again, I get why the CDU would like Syriza to be removed from power, but why on earth would the SPD want that?
Why is the SPD taking such a hardline position? I really don't understand.