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France playing bad cop is more or less what I thought. France hates being taken for granted by the Brits. But the whole situation is still an accident waiting to happen. What if some loose cannon (Victor Orban?) or someone with a grudge just loses patience and decides to make a point?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Apr 6th, 2019 at 09:15:31 PM EST
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France hates being taken for granted by the Brits.

Well, who does? No one in Dublin either, right?

One of the main reasons behind Macron's impatience with Brexit delays and the push to get it over with, one way or another, is due to election posturing: Macron fears a protracted Brexit will favor the Euro-skeptic parties at the EP elections next month. The whole kicking of the can down the road is also, in Macron's thinking, delaying other projects for the EU that he's been so eagerly pushing.

Anyway, Macron is not alone in the EU and in the end, he had to follow the majority.

by Bernard on Sat Apr 13th, 2019 at 08:52:57 PM EST
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What Orban and every other tinpot populist Fearless Leader in the EU realizes, at least on some level, is that the euro isn't really a sovereign currency for the EU but rather for Germany and so is controlled not from Brussels but from Berlin.  That means Germany gets to tell Hungary and everyone else out there in Exploitableland what stakes they need to bring to sit at the table.  The Germans have finally figured out it's easier, cheaper, and more reliable to invade a country with money than with panzers.  That said, it's still a bad idea to piss them off.  Perhaps even worse, because any resulting chaos will be internal to your country and the result of treaty terms.  "Who controls the money hose, controls the EU!"  [Apologies to Frank Herbert.]
by rifek on Sat Apr 13th, 2019 at 10:33:55 PM EST
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