July 31, 2012

Merkel Is No Iron Lady

Simon Richards, Daily Mail

AP Photo

Merkel ill deserves the praise that has been lavished on her. Yes, of course she's better than Sarkozy and Hollande, but that's not saying a lot. If anybody deserves sympathy and praise it is the majority of the German people who are belatedly starting to demonstrate their long standing opposition to the Euro. Germany's strength derives from their hard work, not from Merkel or any other German politician. The Germans deserve better leaders than they have had to put up with.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Angela Merkel, Eurozone, Germany, Europe, Margaret Thatcher


July 30, 2012
Europe Not About to Abandon Democracy
Dan O'Brien, Irish Times
In understanding what is happening now, it is not the 1930s but the 1990s that provides the most relevant historical parallel. In the early part of that decade post-communist democracies in central and eastern Europe suffered... more ››
July 30, 2012
Crash of the European Bumblebee
Paul Krugman, New York Times
Could the euro be saved? Yes, probably. Should it be saved? Yes, even though its creation now looks like a huge mistake. For failure of the euro wouldn't just cause economic disruption; it would be a giant blow to the wider... more ››
July 29, 2012
In Europe, a Lull Between Blunders
George Jonas, National Post
It was Beijing in 2008; now it’s London. Social experiments have become Olympic sports. Many Canadians going to Europe this summer want to know if Europe has changed, and if so, how. (Yes: Notice I call London, Europe?) People... more ››
July 27, 2012
Circumcision & Religion-bashing in Germany
Matthias Matussek, Spiegel
A German court's outlawing of the circumcision of boys -- and the vociferous support it has received in the self-proclaimed enlightened media -- confirms a tendency that has seen religion-bashing and intolerance become the new... more ››
In its attempts to rescue the euro, Germany is often seen as the odd country out. It blocks constructive solutions with its resistance to either using ECB funds or creating sufficiently large rescue mechanisms for indebted... more ››