Stop blaming the 4th Reich for the Crisis - commentaires Stop blaming the 4th Reich for the Crisis 2013-05-15T22:12:25Z,05679#comment16653 2013-05-15T22:12:25Z <p>In order to say something to one comment, I would like to mention : A seperation of the north-european states and the south-european states would be disastrous. Firstly, France and Germany are two more and more cooperating countries. They are getting more and more together though there are differences in opinions. Secondly, a seperation would damage the single market of the big EU would be much smaller and thereby not productive. And, for concluding, Europe stands in front of the idea of peace. We had two World Wars which were very brutal. Even if we say today, that that could not happen any more, it can still happen. No one believed that there will be a war in the Balcan, and today we know that there was a war. That is something that we have to keep in mind : EU is not just bureaucracy but also peace.</p> Stop blaming the 4th Reich for the Crisis 2013-04-12T00:24:22Z,05679#comment16565 2013-04-12T00:24:22Z <p>First off i am a greek and i want to say some things that might move the eurocrisis debate forward in a constructive manner :</p> <p>. A younger greek generation that is still not in control of the country yet, it is infinitely more modern and thoughful and pro european. We want greece to be a normal country like denmark, not like a european Syria. Hopefully the big changes happening now may allow some of us to exert a bigger influence over a clientelistic political life that has been partly responsible for the ever rising debt and mismanagement.</p> <p>. The greeks that you see burning flags and accusing Merkel of being a nazi etc, are mostly misinformed and paranoid individuals with a big attachment to the church and some nationalistic dinosaurs. They are mostly pensioners, and like elsewhere they vote the most but they understand the least about the modern world they live in. Like in other places much of the anger is about the effects of globalisation rather than for germany. This is present in other countries too like the UKIP in UK, and neonazis in Austria.</p> <p>. We are grateful for attempts by Ms. Merkel and the Troika to try to root out some corrupt practices in the greek state. It is true that the current government is fighting these reforms tooth and nail. Please persist in demanding a cleaning up of party financing and corruption.</p> <p>. I am far less impressed with Ms. Merkel's vision for the whole continent. She is very good at saying what she doesn't like but it feels that she lets things get out of hand all the time and only intervenes in the last minute. That leads people to question the motives of the german government. If the german government came up with a positive agenda and showed commitment to the EU and the euro it would calm the jitters and people could resume investing and living their lives normally. Germany needs to get out of the role of the arbiter of what happens in europe asap, for that it needs to stop meddling in unimportant matters and europeanise its industrial policy.</p> <p>. The chicago economics/austrian liquidationist policies of the right have had poor results, it is time to try a new policy mix with people that get things done. A new smart protectionism at the eu level needs to work more like china's aggressive and effective policies. The benefits of these policies need to flow to the whole of the EU not just Germany.</p> <p>. The euro has some design flaws that need to be corrected not only through austerity but also a practical program that will make all EU countries relevant in a globalised world where trade with Asia is main new development and will be for the next decade.</p> <p>. Some greeks tend to get very hysterical because in the country a protective coccoon of a national myth has been spun for a long time mainly by politicians trying to benefit from any development that happened since 1974. In this parallel universe globalisation had nothing to do with greece in practical terms, cushy state jobs can continue to be created etc.. Someone with authority needs to explain in practical terms that this was always funded by unsustainable loans and now it is over forever. This will convince northern european creditors that the country is abandoning the crazy ways of the past 20 years.</p> <p>. The press loves divisive photos that get a reaction. There is always some idiot burning flags and doing nazi salutes or being at the opposite extreme as a left wing fascist or nationalist. People like that are massively over-represented in the media. The silent majority just wants to fix things, however in europe we need to find a way this will be achieved that is realistic and not a bizarre set of policies that is pursued for ideological reasons. Now for 3 years right wing economists in germany and elsewhere promoted this idea that the markets will attack if austerity is not implemented everywhere. In reality this plan is not working very well and it is causing too much depreciation in the price of assets during the crisis, and will cause too much of a boom when things eventually get better.</p> <p>. Ms. Merkel seems to want to hold things together, but she needs to stop exploiting politically some stereotypes that have responsibly run economies like Spain and tar them as lazy when they had a public debt lower than that of germany at the start of the crisis.</p> <p>. Greece has been incredibly badly managed since 1980 and the current nightmare is the result of that only in part. Conservatives that argued for free consumer lending especially in the south of europe need to take the blame for such bad policies. Greece had state banks that did not give out stupid consumer loans that were used to buy german cars people could not afford. The reality is that bank lending needs to be directed to real-economy businesses by real banks that do not engage in financial engineering or investment banking. This will hurt but it is a necessary change. The economy throughout europe needs to be less about consumption and more about jobs and climate change. This will necessitate a plan like the marshall plan after the second world war and all need to chip in so we all have a better future nor for individualistic ends.</p> Stop blaming the 4th Reich for the Crisis 2013-04-09T18:21:03Z,05679#comment16562 2013-04-09T18:21:03Z <p>Yes of course : It has to be the Deutsche Bundesbank. It is also not Greece, but Italy, who is in the list of private average and median amount of assets higher. Sorry for the mistake : Cyprus is by the way in terms of private income 2nd highest in private net assets. Greece is 14th and Germany on 10th position. See also for German speaking <a href="" class="spip_url spip_out auto" rel="nofollow external"></a>. For English Speaking go the ECB <a href="" class="spip_url spip_out auto" rel="nofollow external"></a></p> Stop blaming the 4th Reich for the Crisis 2013-04-07T09:38:19Z,05679#comment16551 2013-04-07T09:38:19Z <p>I think the patience and tolerance of the Germans is exemplary. If the Germans's sense of self preservation outweighed their sense of responsibility it would be THEY who dumped the Euro and possibly even the EU. They could easily do without southern europe, the French included. A smaller group of Noth Europeans would be the ideal solution for them.</p> Stop blaming the 4th Reich for the Crisis 2013-04-06T16:29:40Z,05679#comment16550 2013-04-06T16:29:40Z <p>A very well written article, with some great points. One new aspect raised which I haven't read before in other articles and strongly agree with is : « European leaders like Barroso, van Rompuy, but also finally Hollande should take a position against this one-sighted blame games. » We need more leadership and a stronger stance and involvement from the European elite. We currently have only national.elites with national interests, exactly because van Rompuy and Barroso are not showing leadership.</p> Stop blaming the 4th Reich for the Crisis 2013-04-06T07:09:12Z,05679#comment16548 2013-04-06T07:09:12Z <p>Very well said. Coincidentally, on April 5, I also published an article of a similar spirit arguing that « Europe did not cause the crisis in Cyprus » : <a href="" class="spip_url spip_out auto" rel="nofollow external"></a></p> <p>Just one minor correction to your article : On the part where you refer to the Target2 payment system, you mention « the Deutsche Bank », when I believe you wished to write the Deutsche *Bundes*bank, i.e. the Central Bank of Germany and not the private bank by the name « Deutsche » (see official website <a href="" class="spip_url spip_out auto" rel="nofollow external"></a>).</p> <p>Thanks !</p>