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Die Zeit - Germany | 13/11/2014

Europe pathos hindering investigation

Because EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has already used dramatic words in the past to fight for Europe, the liberal weekly paper Die Zeit remains dubious about his plans to combat tax evasion: "Recently Juncker has repeated a phrase that sounds like the motto of the new Commission's term in office: 'We are last-chance Europe.' ... The phrase is foolish because he makes it sound like there's only one very dramatic alternative: the choice between a Europe and a non-Europe. ... Anyone who talks like that isn't doing politics but pursuing a mission - and is per se beyond reproach for trivial matters such as tax deals, for example. ... What is undermining the Union in the long run is insincerity and false pathos. Two weeks ago when he took up office, Juncker promised a 'new start'. So far there has been no indication that he'll keep his word."

Zeit Online - Germany | 06/03/2013

Deadlock in Italy bad news for all Europe

Despite the electoral stalemate in Italy, the parties are searching feverishly for a solution that will allow them to form a government. But it's not as easy for its European neighbours to exert pressure here as it was in Greece, the liberal weekly paper Die Zeit writes: "When the elections took place in Greece, the country had long since been dependent on the bailout fund, and as such on the goodwill of the other euro countries. Exiting the Eurozone was a realistic perspective. This option is lacking in Italy. The country is 'too big to fail or to bail'. ... A renewed escalation of the crisis would have far-reaching repercussions for the economic and social situation in the rest of the Eurozone. Consequently the formation of a government in Rome is by no means just a national issue, but a matter of European domestic policy. Nevertheless, the possibilities for influencing the goings-on in Rome are small indeed."

Die Zeit - Germany | 17/01/2013

Dijsselbloem is a questionable Mr. Euro

The Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem is expected to be named the new leader of the Euro Group at the meeting of Eurozone finance ministers on Monday. The liberal weekly newspaper Die Zeit believes the 46-year-old, who has only held his post since November, is too inexperienced: "The Dutchman is not being appointed because there's something to say for him. Even for his European colleagues he is still an unknown quantity. His nomination is much more the result of a bizarre round of eeny meeny miny moe: 17 European finance ministers were looking for a leader and at the end the last candidate was the one there was the least to say against. Wolfgang Schäuble, who had raised his hand for the post, struck many as too German. The Frenchman Pierre Moscovici, in turn, was ruled out because Schäuble was. Malta and Estonia were considered too small to apply, and candidates from the crisis countries Spain, Portugal and Ireland were also eliminated from the outset. ... The Europeans' decision to give one of their most important tasks to someone who is largely unknown is at the very least highly questionable."

Zeit Online - Germany | 05/04/2012

Better off without Schäuble as Euro Group boss

Germany's Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble is reported to have been proposed in March by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the post of new head of the Euro Group. But this would mean a loss of influence for Germany, writes the liberal weekly Die Zeit: "The finance ministers of the 17 euro countries must decide unanimously. And each of them must ensure that the decisions they reach in Brussels can be sustained at home, in Paris, Vienna or Berlin. This is also a reason why Wolfgang Schäuble has frequently taken a particularly hard line within the Euro Group in recent times. This was the case when the conditions for a second Greek bailout were under discussion, or last week with the question of how much the euro firewall should be set at. Schäuble has often got his way because he was speaking as Germany's finance minister and the other 16 accepted - or were forced to accept - that they couldn't force a decision on the biggest and richest member state."

Die Zeit - Germany | 22/10/2010

Matthias Krupa on the erosion of the political order

Whether the issue is integration or the railway station project Stuttgart 21, public debate in Germany has a hectic, disruptive side to it, writes Matthias Krupa in the liberal weekly paper Die Zeit: "It may be that all this agitation is bubbling forth from the same source: a deeply felt dissatisfaction with the powers that be. ... But at the same time this autumn's protests and debates ... have something unfounded, something excessive about them. They occur in a country that with all its imperfections is comparatively well-off. The integration of millions of people does lead to conflicts, but until now - luckily - all that's burned in German cities has been a couple of rubbish bins. The number of unemployed has dropped from more than five million to three million. ... Today the people's anger is aiding the erosion of a political order which has become unstable by any standard. Many people act as if this game could go on indefinitely, as if there were still a party or candidate waiting in the wings. But political resources are limited and once trust has been lost, it cannot be replenished at will. Citizens too bear responsibility in democracy."

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