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Old 2011-12-22, 15:02   Link #18602
I disagree with you all.
Join Date: Dec 2005
Originally Posted by sneaker View Post
You should consider a career in politics. A prosperous neighborhood is my interests, thus it's in my interest to pay my neighbor's bills.
If that's what it takes. I'm not aware of the extent of Germany's social safety net, but I'm pretty sure you pay for his kids' schooling, part of his healthcare, and so on.

Though you are correct: no one points a gun at Merkel, forcing her to sign the treaties. But the ECB measures (just a few days ago they pumped another 500 billion Euro into the market) can't be stopped by Germany, as it doesn't have any veto.
They could withdraw from the EU altogether. They could refuse to transfer funds. There's a lot they could do. But don't, because, for now, they calculate that sticking it through will be less painful than jumping ship.
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