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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 07:44 AM
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23. europe: Neither Paris nor Berlin, but Frankfurt...

In a week that is set to end with the 9 December European summit, the Franco-German relationship will once again be the key to a possible exit to the crisis. But with this in mind, we should acknowledge and correct one mistake, and avoid another that derives from an error of perspective.

The mistake, a major one, is that of all the Germanophobic voices heard before the weekend. Europe under a jackboot, (Marine Le Pen president of the far-right Front National) Mrs Merkels Bismarckian politics,(Arnaud Montebourg Socialist MP who was ranked third in the Socialist party primaries]; Nicolas Sarkozy is Daladier in Munich (Jean-Marie Le Guen - Socialist MP] implicitly implying a comparison between the Chancellor and Hitler; Surrender (Martine Aubry First Secretary of the Socialist Party]. These words run the risk of reviving old demons to cite the title of the excellent recent work by economist Jean-Pisani Ferry.

A refusal to resort to scapegoating tactics that are an insult to history does not mean that we cannot criticise our major partner: in a time of recession, its sluggish response to two years of developments in the Eurozone crisis, and its insistence on a focus that is restricted to budgetary issues are certainly not beyond reproach.

But words chosen are never innocent and the remark made by Franois Hollande in yesterdays Journal du dimanche (Lets avoid hurtful language) falls well short of what should be said.
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