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I don't know the German political scene at all, but I could imagine there being acute embarrassment, even in conservative circles, at being seen as the enforcers of Greek impoverishment.  The whole point of austerenomics is to be at one remove from the real action - with local todies carrying the blame - and when Varoufakis went public, they knew that game was up.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Feb 26th, 2015 at 11:42:09 AM EST
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The Greek government has a huge advantage in that they are complete outsiders. Insurgents who have come from nowhere, ill-dressed and ill-mannered, and who don't feel constrained by the rules.

I feel that they have been remarkably disciplined in not publicly dissing previous governments who got Greece into its current pickle. This is no doubt important for the home audience, and of course because it won't get them any credit in negotiations. Still, it must be hard. However, their interlocutors have seemed surprised (or have faked surprise) at the fact that they should dare to repudiate elements contractualised with their predecessors.

A new generation of Euro politicians... let's hope there are more coming.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Feb 26th, 2015 at 12:00:47 PM EST
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