January 12, 2012

The New German Nightmare Begins

Walter Russell Mead, Via Meadia

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel seems to be the latest foreign statesman to discover just how astounding Italy statesmen can be. Her intervention in Italian politics is widely credited for forcing Silvio Berlusconi (who had called her something that sounds like 'unflappable' but is not nearly as nice) out of office and paving the way for Mario Monti, Italy's current PM.

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TAGGED: Germany, Italy, Angela Merkel, Eurozone


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