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Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Criticism of Germany justified

Renzi's comment that Berlin's dominant policies are responsible for the crises among its European neighbour states hits the nail on the head, the liberal daily Wiener Zeitung believes: "It is true that 'Europe must be there for all 28 members'. The statement by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble at the CDU party conference that the 'worst must improve', clearly illustrates the dilemma. Germany is the minimum standard for German European politicians.That is arrogant. ... If all EU countries functioned like Germany it would be the end of the EU model. 28 top export nations would flood the world with their goods, which would then resist them tooth and nail. Global economic chaos would be the result. So Renzi is right with his diagnosis. The correct medication would be a European economic policy and European financial compensation. The Germans don't like that idea, but that's exactly why their wings should be clipped."

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