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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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