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Germany's controversial role in the crisis

Anger at the "austerity dictates" and fears of German dominance over the continent are growing in Europe's crisis states. Is Germany a power-hungry profiteer of the crisis or a role model and saviour of the euro?

Libération - France | Monday, 17. February 2014

Hollande must position himself on euro debate

The French newspaper Le Monde published a "manifesto for a political union of the euro" on Sunday. The authors, a group of economists, journalists and political scientists, want to encourage a debate on the future of Europe. France's government should be quick to take up the challenge, the left-liberal daily Libération urges: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Friday, 7. February 2014

Jürgen Habermas calls for a change of course in Germany's Europe policy

Germany is pursuing a misguided Europe policy and the federal government is responsible for the critical state of the EU, philosopher Jürgen Habermas writes in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Wednesday, 9. October 2013

For Gerd Appenzeller the EU still hasn't earned its Peace Prize

The winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday. The left-liberal daily Der Tagesspiegel looks back to last year when the award went to the European Union, and still finds the decision unjustified: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 3. October 2013

Giorgos Malouchos on German unity and the end of Europe

The Day of German Unity commemorates the start of Europe's decline, columnist Giorgos Malouchos comments in the liberal online daily To Vima: » more

Proto Thema - Greece | Monday, 16. September 2013

Themos Anastasiadis on Merkel's role as Miss Violence

The Greek director Alexandros Avranas has won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival for his entry Miss Violence - a film about domestic violence. In the weekly Proto Thema publisher Themos Anastasiadis draws a parallel with the effects of the austerity policy imposed by the creditors and describes Angela Merkel as Miss Violence: » more

Libération - France | Monday, 9. September 2013

Pierre Veya praises Berlin's pragmatism in euro crisis

German pragmatism has preserved the Eurozone from an even worse crisis, comments Pierre Veya, editor in chief of Le Temps, in the left-liberal daily La Libération: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 9. August 2013

Germany must do more to boost growth

The early indicators of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) point to growth in most of the big member states. But the crisis is far from over, Guntram Wolff, director of Brussels' Bruegel Institute, warns in the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore, calling on Germany to do more to promote growth: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 30. May 2013

Germans confused over newfound popularity

According to a poll put out by the BBC, Germany is the most popular country in the world. The Germans themselves are those most confused by this new twist, writes the weekly paper Die Zeit: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 16. May 2013

EU the sick man of Europe

Faced with the economic and monetary crisis, the people of Europe no longer believe in the European project, the conservative daily Lidové noviny comments regarding the study put out by the Pew Research Center in Washington: » more

The Irish Times - Ireland | Sunday, 5. May 2013

Derek Scally on Germany's willingness to compromise in the euro crisis

Germany has been accused by many of aspiring to gain a new position of dominance in Europe with the aid of stringent austerity dictates. Columnist Derek Scally rejects this theory in the left-liberal Irish Times: » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 29. April 2013

Hollande risks the death of Europe

France's Socialists published a policy paper on the weekend in which they severely criticise the crisis policy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Socialists are throwing a spanner in the works of German-French relations, the conservative daily Le Figaro writes: » more

Veidas - Lithuania | Friday, 19. April 2013

Algimantas Šindeikis criticises the concept of solidarity in Southern Europe

The Southern Europeans' demands for unlimited solidarity from Germany are unjustified, writes Algimantas Šindeikis, chief editor of the weekly magazine Veidas: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Friday, 19. April 2013

Antonis Liakos on Germany as the super-ego of European capitalism

Cyprus's bailout marks a turning point in the European crisis, Greek historian Antonis Liakos observes: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 3. April 2013

Hans Rauscher on idiotic anti-German sentiment

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is often portrayed as an enemy in Southern European anti-austerity demonstrations. In cartoons and on posters the chancellor is depicted with a Hitler moustache or an SS uniform. The journalist Hans Rauscher condemns such resentment against the Germans in the left-liberal daily Der Standard: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Wednesday, 3. April 2013

Giorgos Malouchos on Germany's tyranny in Greece

The German sociologist Ulrich Beck writes in his latest book German Europe that his country is now in a position to impose its will on other countries without using the force of arms. Greek columnist Giorgos Malouchos agrees and points to Greece as an example in the left-liberal online news portal To Vima: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 26. March 2013

Gideon Rachman on Germany's involuntary leadership role

The drama over Cyprus has once again shown that Germany is calling the shots in Europe's crisis management, journalist Gideon Rachman writes in the liberal daily Financial Times, explaining why Germany's leadership position could also prove fatal for Germany itself: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Wednesday, 3. April 2013

Giorgos Malouchos on Germany's tyranny in Greece

The German sociologist Ulrich Beck writes in his latest book German Europe that his country is now in a position to impose its will on other countries without using the force of arms. Greek columnist Giorgos Malouchos agrees and points to Greece as an example in the left-liberal online news portal To Vima: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 3. April 2013

Hans Rauscher on idiotic anti-German sentiment

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is often portrayed as an enemy in Southern European anti-austerity demonstrations. In cartoons and on posters the chancellor is depicted with a Hitler moustache or an SS uniform. The journalist Hans Rauscher condemns such resentment against the Germans in the left-liberal daily Der Standard: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 2. April 2013

Timothy Garton Ash on the return of stereotypes in the crisis

The debt crisis is increasingly endangering European cohesion, historian and commentator Timothy Garton Ash writes in an article published by the left-liberal daily El País: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Thursday, 28. March 2013

German obsession with order endangers Europe

Making Cyprus keep its capital in the country by force contradicts the entire logic of the European project, the liberal-conservative business daily Il Sole 24 Ore writes indignantly, holding Germany responsible: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Wednesday, 27. March 2013

Crisis policy à la Swabian housewife

Germany and its chancellor are charting the course for European economic policy but they're steering in the wrong direction, the daily Tages-Anzeiger writes: » more

De Groene Amsterdammer - Netherlands | Wednesday, 27. March 2013

The ill-fated euro is on its last legs

The bailout plan for Cyprus is the final act in the drama of the ill-fated monetary union, economist and columnist Ewald Engelen predicts in the left-leaning weekly De Groene Amsterdammer: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Wednesday, 27. March 2013

Merkel is the only one to tell the truth

Following the Cyprus bailout the liberal conservative daily Jyllands-Posten praises Angela Merkel as the sole leader to point the way forward: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 26. March 2013

Gideon Rachman on Germany's involuntary leadership role

The drama over Cyprus has once again shown that Germany is calling the shots in Europe's crisis management, journalist Gideon Rachman writes in the liberal daily Financial Times, explaining why Germany's leadership position could also prove fatal for Germany itself: » more

Cyprus Mail - Cyprus | Tuesday, 26. March 2013

The end for Cyprus's economy

The Euro Group is destroying Cyprus's economy with its decision to involve the banking sector in the rescue package, the English-language daily Cyprus Mail contends: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Tuesday, 26. March 2013

Jakob Augstein on Germany's tyranny over debtors

The drama over Cyprus's bailout is a further example of Germany's fight for dominance over Europe, journalist Jakob Augstein writes in his column on the news portal Spiegel Online: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 25. March 2013

José Ignacio Torreblanca on Bulgaria's lessons for Spain

Spanish Europe expert José Ignacio Torreblanca travelled to Sofia to participate in a conference on the economic crisis in Europe. He notes in his blog with the left-liberal daily El País that he was surprised to find Bulgaria discussing the same problems as Spain: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, 15. March 2013

Germany should cut down on austerity

Just in time for the EU's summit meeting this Friday in Brussels, the German government has passed a balanced draft budget. The austerity-loving model pupil Germany could end up dividing the EU, the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger fears: » more

Les Echos - France | Tuesday, 12. March 2013

German overachievers must become more French

The economic situation in Europe's crisis countries is hardly improving, while Germany's economy is performing better than it has done in years. The liberal business paper Les Echos suggests tongue in cheek that Germany should become more like France, so as to narrow the gap between the two countries: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Thursday, 7. March 2013

For Wolfgang Münchau Grillo is Germany's true opposition leader

In the early 1930s the German austerity policy destroyed the monetary system based on the gold standard, and today it is destroying the euro, columnist Wolfgang Münchau writes in the online version of news magazine Der Spiegel: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 4. March 2013

Lluís Bassets wants more Gaucks for Europe

In his speech on Europe's future on February 22, German President Joachim Gauck assured other EU member states that Germany does not want to dictate European policy. Europe needs more Gaucks, Lluís Bassets writes in his blog with the left-liberal daily El País: » more

The European - Germany | Tuesday, 26. February 2013

Berlusconi is Italy's revenge on Germany

Berlusconi's success in the parliamentary elections can be traced back to Germany's policies and its austerity dictates for Europe, journalist Stefano Casertano writes in the German version of the online magazine The European: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 27. February 2013

Italians to blame for their woes

The strong results obtained by Berlusconi and Grillo in conjunction with Monti's poor showing are being interpreted as Italians having voted against the EU austerity plan. But the country is too quick to pin the blame on the EU, economist Lucrezia Rechlin argues in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Sunday, 24. February 2013

Anastasiades' dangerous pact with Merkel

The new Cypriot president is popular in Berlin not just because of his adherence to the austerity policy, the conservative daily Kathimerini notes, fearing that Anastasiades and Merkel will retable the Annan Plan that failed in 2004 and that foresees the reunification of the island as a confederation divided into two constituent states: » more

El País - Spain | Thursday, 24. January 2013

Ulrich Beck on the Merkiavelli method

In view of Germany's huge influence in the European debt crisis, sociologist Ulrich Beck coins the term Merkiavelli to compare the German Chancellor's power politics with the teachings of philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli - whose The Prince was written 500 years ago - in the left-liberal daily El País: » more

Simerini - Cyprus | Sunday, 13. January 2013

Germany must help Cyprus

During her visit to Cyprus on Friday German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised the struggling euro country the solidarity of its EU partners. The conservative daily Simerini calls for deeds instead of words: » more

Politis - Cyprus | Thursday, 10. January 2013

Merkel causing uncertainty in Cyprus

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting the highly indebted Eurozone member Cyprus this Friday during a meeting of the conservative European People's Party. On Wednesday Merkel had stressed that the talks on EU aid for Cyprus were far from concluded and that Nicosia could not expect to receive special treatment. Berlin is creating uncertainty, the liberal daily Politis criticises: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 18. December 2012

Europe must put limits on welfare state

In an interview in the Financial Times, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for more growth and less social welfare. In doing so the chancellor has voiced an uncomfortable truth, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore writes approvingly: » more

ABC - Spain | Wednesday, 12. December 2012

Populism could infect all Europe

Berlusconi has accused the Monti government of bowing to Germany's austerity dictates and thus leading Italy into the recession. The conservative daily ABC fears that Italy could drift into a dangerous brand of populism with the start of the election campaign: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 10. December 2012

Steinbrück's plans a threat to Europe

The German Social Democrats elected former finance minister Peer Steinbrück as their candidate for German chancellor on Sunday. Steinbrück plans to put a return to social justice at the centre of his election campaign. That's understandable but it could plunge Europe into considerable difficulties, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Wednesday, 5. December 2012

A triumph for Germany's austerity policy

Angela Merkel fully deserves her re-election as party leader, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino writes: » more

Expansión - Spain | Wednesday, 5. December 2012

Federico Steinberg believes in the success of a German Europe

Once it overcomes the debt crisis the Eurozone could become successful thanks to the changes enforced by Germany, economist Frederico Steinberg writes hopefully in the conservative business paper Expansión: » more

Nachdenkseiten - Germany | Wednesday, 5. December 2012

Heiner Flassbeck on Germany's detrimental economy drive

Thanks to high tax revenues, for the first time in five years Germany will have a balanced national budget this year, according to the estimates ... » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Monday, 3. December 2012

Bersani's Italy may stand up to Merkel

In Italy Pierluigi Bersani has been voted the leading candidate of the centre-left alliance for the parliamentary elections, to be held in spring 2013. Bersani announced that if he wins the austerity program would remain in place, but he would aim to do more to stimulate economic growth. The liberal daily Diário de Notícias hopes Bersani will find a way to put up some resistance to Angela Merkel: » more

Kurier - Austria | Wednesday, 28. November 2012

A boon for the gamblers and Angela Merkel

The new loans won't solve Greece's problems but they will help the speculators and Angela Merkel's election campaign, the liberal daily Kurier complains: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 19. November 2012

Germany deserves more respect in Europe

Norbert Lammert, the president of the German parliament, avoided directly criticising the Czech Republic on his visit to Prague last week. In his words, Berlin has problems with almost every country in the EU. Bearing in mind all they do for Europe the Germans deserve more respect, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Wednesday, 7. November 2012

Obama can stop Europe from becoming German colony

Germany is not so happy about Obama's win, the online paper To Vima claims, hoping that the new-old president will prevent Europe from being turned into a German colony: » more

Diário Económico - Portugal | Tuesday, 6. November 2012

EU can't take any more of Merkel's austerity

German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not see the euro crisis coming to an end within the next five years. Now the time for more discipline has come, she said on Saturday at a regional conference of her party, the Christian Democrats. The liberal business paper Diário Económico calls on Merkel to assume her responsibilities towards Europe: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Thursday, 1. November 2012

Merkel to visit Portugal in hard times

Thousands of people gathered before the parliament building in Lisbon on Wednesday to protest against the austerity budget for 2013, which was approved on first reading in parliament. This is a sign that German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first visit to Portugal on November 12 won't be a pleasant occasion for either side, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias writes: » more

Blog EUROPP - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 16. October 2012

Daphne Halikiopoulou and Sofia Vasilopoulou on the double standards of the Greeks

On the one hand the Greeks call Angela Merkel a Nazi, and on the other many support the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. Political scientists Daphne Halikiopoulou and Sofia Vasilopoulou criticise such double standards on the London School of Economics' blog EUROPP: » more

El País - Spain | Friday, 12. October 2012

Berlin should follow IMF's change of course

The IMF has radically changed its course in dealing with the crisis and Germany in particular should follow its example, the left-liberal daily El País admonishes: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 12. October 2012

Germany delaying Spain's rescue

The financial markets barely reacted on Thursday to rating agency Standard & Poor's downgrading of Spain's credit status to BBB-, just one notch above junk status. While the markets are working on the assumption that Spain will receive assistance from the EU bailout fund, Berlin is delaying the step because of the national elections in Germany, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore complains: » more

Blog Pitsirikos - Greece | Tuesday, 9. October 2012

See you later Mrs Merkel

Merkel's visit to Athens has no significance for the Greeks and can do nothing to help save the country, blogger Pitsirikos writes: » more - Germany | Tuesday, 9. October 2012

A strong signal of solidarity

Merkel and Samaras have demonstrated in Athens that the fates of their countries are inextricably bound together, the news portal notes with relief: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 10. October 2012

Merkel gambles and wins

Angela Merkel has shown courage and sent the right signals, the liberal business paper Financial Times writes: » more

Blog Gavin Hewitt's Europe - United Kingdom | Monday, 8. October 2012

Merkel's visit symbolic

When she visits Athens Angela Merkel should think hard about how to keep Greece in the Eurozone, writes Europe correspondent Gavin Hewitt on his blog for the BBC: » more

Ethnos - Greece | Monday, 8. October 2012

Chancellor plays political theatre

Angela Merkel won't be bringing a single euro, the left-liberal daily To Ethnos writes warning the Greeks not to get their hopes up: » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Tuesday, 9. October 2012

Athens visit signals change in Merkel's stance

Even if Angela Merkel has already excluded the possibility of more financial aid for Greece, the liberal business paper Handelsblatt sees her visit to Athens ... » more

Proto Thema - Greece | Sunday, 7. October 2012

Merkel's guinea pig going mad

For the first time since the euro crisis began three years ago German Chancellor Angela Merkel is travelling to Greece. Athens is preparing for her visit on Tuesday with massive security operations. Merkel must finally recognise the terrible consequences of her austerity dictates, the conservative weekly Proto Thema demands: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Monday, 1. October 2012

Crisis countries must stand together

Thousands of people protested in France, Spain and Portugal this weekend against their governments' austerity policies. Only if the crisis countries stick together can they defend themselves against the austerity dictates of the Germans, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias writes: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 27. September 2012

Berlin remains deaf to protests

The Greeks can protest as much as they want, Berlin doesn't want to listen, the left-liberal online paper To Vima writes: » more

Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | Friday, 21. September 2012

Portugal a guinea pig for Germany

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble praised his Portuguese counterpart Vitor Gaspar during the latter's visit to Berlin on Wednesday for his implementation of the "painful economy drive". Portugal is merely a guinea pig being used to demonstrate the correctness of Germany's instructions, the liberal business daily Jornal de Negócios writes: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Thursday, 20. September 2012

For George Soros Germany can leave the Eurozone

Germany can leave the euro crisis if it wants to solve the euro crisis, the US investor George Soros writes in the state-run liberal daily Wiener Zeitung: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Friday, 14. September 2012

German judges decide Europe's fate

The EU member states eagerly awaited the German Constitutional Court's ruling on the ESM on Wednesday. The court now plays a key political role in the EU, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza concludes: » more

ABC - Spain | Thursday, 13. September 2012

The euro becoming more and more German

Germany has too much power over the single currency, the conservative daily ABC warns, but praises the judges in Karlsruhe for indirectly counteracting this imbalance: » more

El Mundo - Spain | Thursday, 6. September 2012

Merkel should not abuse her power in Madrid

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet her Spanish counterpart Marian Rajoy for talks in Madrid today. She shouldn't abuse her vast power, the conservative daily El Mundo advises: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Tuesday, 21. August 2012

German panic-mongering deepens crisis

The German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has said during a meeting with his Greek counterpart Dimitris Avramopoulos that the key to Greece's remaining in the Eurozone lies in Athens' hands. Last week several German coalition partners declared that a Greek exit is entirely possible. The left-liberal online newspaper To Vima criticises the Germans' stance: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Wednesday, 15. August 2012

Eurozone is at the mercy of Constitional Court

Despite a new complaint filed by eurosceptics against the ESM bailout mechanism, Germany's Constitutional Court plans to stick to its current schedule and announce its decision on the conformity of the new rescue fund with the German constitution on September 12. This is good news but doesn't change the fact that the Constitutional Court is holding the Eurozone hostage, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica comments: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Thursday, 9. August 2012

Giorgos Malouchos criticises Berlin's dream of domination

Former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt said on Tuesday in a talk show that the Germans cannot lead Europe because of their Nazi past. In saying this Schmidt summed up Berlin's true ambitions, writes columnist Giorgos Malouchos in the left-liberal online paper To Vima: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 8. August 2012

Italy sharpens the tone in Europe

German politicians called statements made by the Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti undemocratic at the beginning of the week, while the Italian daily Il Giornale on Friday labelled the German Federal Republic a "Fourth Reich" seeking to dominate other countries. The tone of discourse in Europe is becoming increasingly aggressive, writes the conservative daily Lidové noviny: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Wednesday, 8. August 2012

Giovanni di Lorenzo aims to reconcile Germany and Italy

In the euro crisis above all Italy and Germany should be on guard against a revival of old prejudices, warns Giovanni di Lorenzo, editor-in-chief of the German weekly magazine Die Zeit. In the left-liberal daily La Repubblica he calls on politicians to take action against escalation in mutual insults: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Tuesday, 7. August 2012

Germany a scapegoat

Monti's words were directed at Germany because unfortunately it has become a favourite pastime to use Germany as a scapegoat, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino notes: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Tuesday, 7. August 2012

Italy's prime minister hits Berlin's sore spot

The way German politicians have overreacted shows that Mario Monti has hit a German sore spot with his thoughts on the rights of national parliaments, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore writes mockingly: » more

El Mundo - Spain | Monday, 30. July 2012

Merkel accepts Greece as collateral damage

The German Minister for Economics Philipp Rösler on Sunday once again talked of a potential Greek exit from the Eurozone. The conservative daily El Mundo says it detects a turning point in Germany's policy: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Saturday, 21. July 2012

Does Germany really want to lead the EU?

Germany's leading role in the euro crisis is provoking resentment in other EU countries. This raises the question of whether the country wants to maintain its role in the event that the deeper EU integration German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for actually comes about, Eric Gujer writes in the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 23. July 2012

Berlin digs the grave of the monetary union

In a TV interview the German Vice Chancellor and Minister for the Economy Philipp Rösler explained there would be no more financial aid to Greece if it did not fulfill its obligations. Rösler is putting Greece out of its misery, according to the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Tuesday, 10. July 2012

Stephan Hebel on Angela Merkel's lie

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's European policy is based on one-sided political interests, author Stephan Hebel writes in the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Sunday, 1. July 2012

Merkel's secret victory

According to media reports German Chancellor Angela Merkel was virtually blackmailed into making concessions by the heads of government of Italy and Spain at the EU crisis summit at the end of last week. In truth Merkel relented only on formal, unimportant points while secretly scoring a major victory, the liberal-conservative business paper Il Sole 24 Ore writes: » more

To Vima Online - Greece | Friday, 29. June 2012

Germany only thinking of itself in the crisis

Germany won't change its stance even if the euro collapses, the left-liberal online paper To Vima laments, commenting on the EU summit in Brussels: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Thursday, 28. June 2012

Merkel is a German first, then a European

The EU heads of state and government meet to discuss a reform of the Monetary Union in Brussels today. Merkel's unambiguous rejection of euro bonds in advance of the meeting is only logical, writes the liberal daily Sme: » more

Imerisia - Greece | Tuesday, 26. June 2012

Merkel treating Greece like a punching bag

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected proposals to pool Europe's debt with drastic words. There will be no joint liability in Europe "as long as I live", she said at a meeting on Tuesday. The left-liberal business paper Imerisia expresses annoyance at the Germans' unbending stance: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Thursday, 21. June 2012

For Wolfgang Münchau Merkel's policy leads to Dante's Inferno

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's crisis policies will lead straight to the biggest bankruptcy the world has ever seen, columnist Wolfgang Münchau fears in the news portal Spiegel Online: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 19. June 2012

For Paul Krugman Brussels and Berlin are to blame for the crisis

The mistakes that have led to the debt crisis in Southern Europe were made in the North and can only be corrected there, warns economist Paul Krugman in the left-liberal daily El País: » more

Népszava - Hungary | Tuesday, 19. June 2012

Merkel's must give up austerity dictate

After the elections in Greece German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be forced to soften her stance on the EU's austerity requirements whether she likes it or not, writes the leftist daily Népszava: » more

Diário Económico - Portugal | Thursday, 14. June 2012

Germany capitalising on the crisis

As a means of stimulating the economies of crisis-stricken countries, economist Nouriel Roubini on Wednesday proposed to the German government that every German household should receive a gift voucher worth 1,000 euros for a holiday in one of these countries. But as long as Germany continues to capitalise on the crisis this good idea won't be put into practice, the business paper Diário Económico suspects: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Wednesday, 6. June 2012

US fears a predominant Germany

The US has warned repeatedly in recent months of the threat posed by the euro crisis to the global economy and called for growth-stimulating measures. These demands conceal the US's fear of Germany growing too strong, the liberal daily La Stampa contends: » more

The Economist - United Kingdom | Friday, 25. May 2012

Merkel's austerity threat to Monetary Union

Above all Germany's crisis policy is endangering the Monetary Union, writes the liberal business magazine The Economist: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Friday, 25. May 2012

German austerity terrorising debtor states

Germany secured fresh capital for the next two years on Wednesday without having to pay any interest for it. That the heavyweights in the EU can continue to borrow on such conditions shows how sick Europe is, writes the daily Diário de Notícias: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 7. May 2012

Merklande better than Merkozy

Hollande's victory is a good thing because it provides a broader basis for the Franco-German duo's European policy, writes the left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more

Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 25. April 2012

Clear signals against German austerity policy

The government in the Netherlands fell on Monday because right-wing populists refused to accept EU austerity measures, while in the French presidential elections the right-wing extremist Marine Le Pen won almost 20 percent of the vote in the first round. These are clear signs that people reject Germany's austerity policy, the left-liberal daily Le Monde contends: » more

ABC - Spain | Wednesday, 25. April 2012

José María Carrascal on Merkel's offending the "Grande Nation"

The main reason for Nicolas Sarkozy's defeat in the French presidential elections held on Sunday is the way the great French nation has been humiliated by its German neighbours, writes author José María Carrascal in the conservative daily ABC: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Tuesday, 24. April 2012

The end of Germany's financial dominance is nigh

The potential change of government in France, the government crisis in the Netherlands and the disappointing economic data for the Eurozone caused share prices to dip by an average of three percent on Monday, with French and Dutch bonds increasingly coming under pressure. Germany's financial policy dictatorship is coming to an end, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, 20. April 2012

Antonio Puri Purini criticises Germany's detachment in the crisis

Faced with the persisting economic crisis in Europe Germany must give up its egoistic stance, writes Italian diplomat Antonio Puri Purini in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera, calling on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to be more cooperative: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Thursday, 12. April 2012

Berlin's strategy has failed

Spain is being forced to act as scapegoat in view of the return of the euro crisis, writes the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore, but in reality Germany's crisis policies are to blame: » more

Ethnos - Greece | Thursday, 22. March 2012

Merkozy's egoism destroying Europe

The major European states, above all Germany and France, are concerned only with their own interests and driving Europe to the brink of the abyss as a result, the left-liberal daily To Ethnos warns: » more

Ethnos - Greece | Wednesday, 14. March 2012

French want less Germany

In a survey carried out by the daily Le Monde only ten percent of the respondents said they wanted the next French president to focus mainly on bolstering the Franco-German axis. This is above all a result of the crisis, the left-liberal daily To Ethnos concludes: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 28. February 2012

Germany fighting on two fronts

Only 304 of the 330 MPs of the ruling coalition in Germany voted in favour of the second bailout package for Greece. This highlights the doubts about the policy adopted towards the debt-stricken country, writes the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more

Welt am Sonntag - Germany | Sunday, 26. February 2012

German tax officers occupy Greece

At the behest of the EU Commission and the IMF, 160 German tax officers are to be sent to Greece to help it build up a modern financial administration. The conservative Sunday paper Welt am Sonntag paints a picture of the upcoming occupation: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Thursday, 16. February 2012

Germans not fascists, Greeks not lazy

Germany is not only home to politicians like Schäuble und Merkel, who are being cast as "the enemy" in Greece at present, but also to Goethe, Marx, Brecht and Thomas Mann, columnist Xenia Kounalaki reminds her compatriots in the conservative daily Kathimerini, warning them not to overgeneralise in their anger at the Germans: » more

ABC - Spain | Friday, 17. February 2012

Hatred should not be allowed to destroy Europe

The fact that even a friend of Germany like President Karolos Papoulias has attacked the German Minister of Finance worries the conservative daily ABC: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 14. February 2012

Merkel sets France's course

In the campaign for the French presidency both candidates should be clear about the fact that it's Germany that calls the shots in Europe, the left-liberal daily El País observes: » more

Der Spiegel - Germany | Monday, 13. February 2012

Timothy Garton Ash recommends Europe should help Germany

Germany will not be able to lead the EU from the crisis without the help of the French and the British, writes the British historian and commentator Timothy Garton Ash in the weekly magazine Der Spiegel, comparing Europe with a car chauffeured by an unwilling German Chancellor Angela Merkel: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Thursday, 9. February 2012

German austerity drive prompts short circuit

Because Athens will not cut pension supplements it must present the troika with alternative proposals within 15 days for how to cut its spending by the demanded 300 million euros. But economising is a German one-way street, writes the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore: » more

ABC - Spain | Wednesday, 1. February 2012

Spain must submit to Merkel's austerity

Spain would do well to submit to the austerity policy dictated by Germany, writes the conservative daily ABC: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Monday, 30. January 2012

Berlin plays bad cop

In demanding an EU budget commissioner for Athens Berlin is making itself even less popular, warns the conservative daily Die Welt: » more

La Razón - Spain | Friday, 27. January 2012

Spain must emulate Germany

Spain's government will adhere to its austerity targets, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy assured German Chancellor Angela Merkel during his first official visit to Berlin on Thursday. Backing Merkel's policies in this way  has more advantages than disadvantages, the conservative daily La Razón writes: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 10. January 2012

Germany's leading role in Europe logical

The current debt crisis demonstrates that European politics have barely changed since the 19th century and are still the preserve of the major powers, the liberal daily Sme concludes: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, 9. January 2012

Germany prone to megalomania

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has warned Germany not to succumb to megalomania in its defence of the euro. Small states react sensitively when Merkel and Sarkozy decide policy between themselves and then merely inform the others of the result, Schwarzenberg stated in an interview with the German news magazine Der Spiegel. The conservative daily Lidové noviny welcomes the minister's clear words: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Friday, 16. December 2011

Peter Schneider on the futile image of the evil German

The cover picture of this week's US news magazine Newsweek features the German Chancellor along with the headline "Achtung! It's Angela" and accuses Angela Merkel of having intensified Europe's crisis with her hesitant stance. German author Peter Schneider agrees with this view in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: » more

Kathimerini - Greece | Tuesday, 13. December 2011

Germany's economising craze destroying Europe

If each EU summit leads to more austerity measures Southern Europe in particular will plunge into recession and Euroscepticism will increase, the conservative daily Kathimerini warns: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Tuesday, 6. December 2011

How the euro was meant to harness the German giant

The story of how the euro was founded in a hurry has already been forgotten for the sake of holding up Germany as the big enemy, the daily Diário de Notícias concludes: » more

Blog Démystifier la finance - France | Wednesday, 30. November 2011

Merkel's hard line good for Europe

Germany continues to reject the idea of pooling the Eurozone's debts. Angela Merkel's hard line against euro bonds is good for Europe, writes the banker Georges Ugeux in his blog Démystifier la finance: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Wednesday, 30. November 2011

Chancellor shows her iron fist

Leveraging the bailout fund is nothing more than a quick fix because saving the euro and Europe depends on Angela Merkel's willingness to allow the European Central Bank to become the lender of last resort, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Wednesday, 30. November 2011

German logic ignores reality

Germany has once more spoken out against euro bonds at the meeting of the Eurozone finance ministers in Brussels, and rejected plans for involving the European Central Bank fully in the euro bailout. Berlin is deliberately ignoring reality, writes the daily Delo: » more

Blog Stefan Niggemeier - Germany | Tuesday, 29. November 2011

German tabloid stokes anti-Greek sentiment

The Europa-Union Deutschland, a German pressure group that supports further EU integration, handed the German tabloid Bild its "European Thistle" award on Saturday for its negative reporting on Greece, which Stefan Niggemeier claims in his blog amounts to incitement of the masses: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Tuesday, 29. November 2011

German leadership wanted and hated

Whether it's for leveraging the bailout fund, resisting the introduction of euro bonds or demanding budget discipline, the Germans will soon be the scapegoats for the entire euro crisis, the conservative daily Die Welt observes: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Tuesday, 29. November 2011

Berlin must get a move on

The Netherlands has changed its negative stance on euro bonds, as Finance Minister Jan Kees de Jager announced earlier today. The Germans continue to oppose euro bonds, but austerity is the wrong approach in the current situation, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant warns: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 29. November 2011

Ulrich Beck calls for less German nationalism in saving the euro

The euro crisis offers Europe the chance to become a democracy among neighbouring states rather than being a Europe of bureaucrats, writes sociologist Ulrich Beck in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

Blog Sprengsatz - Germany | Monday, 28. November 2011

Germans like bulls in china shop

With their linguistic blunders the German politicians are behaving like bulls in a china shop in the debt crisis and stoking fears of an over-strong Germany across Europe, Michael Spreng writes in his blog Sprengsatz: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, 24. November 2011

Berlin's non-solidarity principle

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has harshly criticised the plans for introducing euro bonds. This position shows a lack of solidarity and is increasingly anti-European, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica complains: » more

Népszabadság - Hungary | Thursday, 24. November 2011

Germany dominates EU policy

Germany is increasingly calling the shots in the European debt crisis, which means the EU has not changed at all in structural terms, the left-liberal daily Népszabadság comments: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 23. November 2011

Germany declares war on the EU

Backed by Germany's Bundesbank German Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared war on the other EU states, writes the conservative daily The Times: » more

Spiegel Online - Germany | Monday, 14. November 2011

Georg Diez explains Germany's triumphant march in the EU

Two new books on the Germans are supposed to help people understand how the EU has become so German, writes columnist Georg Diez on the news portal Spiegel Online: » more

ABC - Spain | Monday, 31. October 2011

Merkel will cure Spain of its laziness

Many offices and shops are remaining closed in Spain today because employees are taking Monday off since Tuesday, All Saints' Day, is a public holiday in the country. And the public holidays on December 6 and 8, when the days before and after are also often taken as holidays, are not far off. The bridging days are making the country seem so unproductive in the eyes of the North that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will no doubt ban them soon, the conservative daily ABC fears: » more

Nasz Dziennik - Poland | Friday, 14. October 2011

In the end Germany always wins

Germany's dominance in Europe is so great that Slovakia had no choice but to agree to the extension of the euro bailout fund, writes the nationalist Catholic daily Nasz Dziennik: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, 30. September 2011

Germany working on its reputation

The Bundestag's decision on the euro bailout fund shows that despite its reputation Germany is ready to incur high financial risks in support of the euro: » more


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