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Kirchner, Thomas

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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 17/04/2015

Dismantle monetary union now

It's highly unlikely that a Grexit could solve the Eurozone's problems, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes, proposing an even more radical solution: "In the long term a kind of European economic government with an enormous budget and far higher transfer effects than Germany has experienced since reunification could help correct the imbalances [within the Eurozone]. But this path is blocked politically. Much more power for Brussels? The citizens of Europe won't go along with that. … The monetary union is dividing the Europeans. Insults are flying back and forth, the political climate has cooled. And Germany, as the commanding euro disciplinarian, is provoking more annoyance than anyone else even though it's acting with the best intentions. Consequently we should start looking at an option that has so far been ignored for understandable reasons: the dissolution of the monetary union, or at least its reduction to a group of homogeneous states. For Europe's sake."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 04/06/2009

Geert Mak wants more charismatic EU politicians

In an interview with the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on the European elections, Dutch author Geert Mak writes that the EU lacks charismatic politicians: "Europe needs more stories, more faces with whom we can get angry and against whom we can let off some steam. We saw this during the French EU presidency. Even though the Germans got annoyed about President Nicolas Sarkozy, he not only got a few things done but with his theatricals he gave people from Copenhagen to Barcelona the feeling: We know him. We are being represented at a European level. Europe needs charismatic figures. And another thing: Why are there no European candidates; why can't I, as a Dutchman, vote for Daniel Cohn-Bendit who is running for election in France?"

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