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De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Monday, September 23, 2013

Europe's empress

With her sensational electoral victory Angela Merkel has become the empress of Europe, columnist Sheila Sitalsing writes in the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant: "Empress of a Union of accountants, in which what counts is not the size of the army but the breadth of the budget deficit. And in which the member states 'walk like 27 poodles on Angela Merkel's leash', as one ambassador to the EU put it. ... The empress herself likes to stress that she stands for a European Germany, and that is entirely true. ... Just as it's true that Europe has already become extremely German. Ever since the euro crisis destroyed the German-French axis, in fact. With budget discipline, austerity demands, bank supervision, direct intervention in Greek domestic politics and Brussels diplomats who only complain out of the empress's earshot that 'the Germans don't understand why the rest of Europe doesn't simply adopt their model'."

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