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  • #342447

    Anonymous

    Toward a Gentler, Kinder German Reich?

    The Realpolitik behind the European Financial Crisis

    by Tony Corn
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    Journal Article | November 29, 2011 – 8:32am[/SIZE]

    With each passing day, European Integration – the longest running political soap opera – is increasingly resembling the infamous “don’t mention the war” episode of Fawlty Towers.  In a recent op-ed entitled “Germany has declared war on the eurozone,” the editor-at-large of the respected London Times minced no words about Germany’s grand strategy in the past two years:

    “If Clausewitz is right that “war is the continuation of policy by other means”, then Germany is again at war with Europe, at least in the sense that German policy is trying to achieve in Europe the characteristic objectives of war: the redrawing of international boundaries and the subjugation of foreign peoples…. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has consistently claimed that Germany will “do whatever it takes” to save the euro. But what she has actually done is consistently to refuse to take any of the necessary action. She has also prevented European institutions from taking such actions, even when the German veto had no legal or moral justification.”

    Not to be outdone, The Economist that same week castigated Angela Merkel’s “pigheaded brinkmanship” and argued that she “cannot continue to threaten feckless economies with exclusion from the euro in one breath and reassure markets by promising the euro’s salvation with the next. Unless she chooses soon, Germany’s chancellor will find that the choice has been made for her.” [1] What’s the fuss really about?

    In the past two years, German elites have taken up the Rahm Emanuel doctrine (“never let a serious crisis go to waste”) all the more eagerly that Washington, in the process of rebalancing away from the Greater Middle East to the Asia-Pacific region, is less interested than ever in following intra-EU affairs.

    For the third time in less than twenty years, Germany is trying to force down the throat of Europe a federal “political union” which, in the eyes of too many European observers, eerily resembles a gentler, kinder Anschluss.  While Europeans were able to push back against the first two attempts, the two-year long financial crisis has created within Europe a “German unipolar moment” and provided the kind of leverage that had eluded Germany earlier. With the German Chancellor as a de facto “EU Chancellor,” German elites are leveraging the crisis by playing a game of chicken in order to make their federal vision prevail.

    Demographically and economically, Germany is one third larger than either Britain or France. In the past ten years, this predominance has already been reflected in EU institutions, both quantitatively (Germany has the largest representation in the EU parliament) and qualitatively (the European Central Bank is a clone of the Bundesbank).  But that’s apparently not good enough for Berlin, who has deliberately let the crisis move from the periphery (Greece and Portugal) to the center (Italy and France) in order to extract the maximum of concessions from the rest of Europe.

    Germany’s ideal, if unstated, goal? A constitutionalization of the EU treaties, which would irreversibly institutionalize the current “correlation of forces,” and allow German hegemony in the 27-member European Union to approximate Prussian hegemony in the 27-member Bismarckian Reich.  German elites have become so fixated on this goal that they are now talking about changing the German constitution itself in the event the German Constitutional Court decides to get in the way of the New European Order.

    From a socio-political standpoint, to be sure, this would-be Merkelian Reich would have none of the negative features associated with the autocratic Bismarckian Reich.  In all likelihood, the new Reich would be a benign, metrosexual, post-modern (pick your favorite) polity, one that would not be any less “democratic” than the technocratic European Union of today. And from a monetary-fiscal standpoint, one could argue that a Merkelian Reich would probably represent a significant improvement over existing “hybrid” arrangements. From a geopolitical standpoint, though, a German-dominated European Federation is something that America would come to regret very quickly.  (…)

    http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/toward-a-gentler-kinder-german-reich

    #368860

    Anonymous

    As long as there is no war, Germanization, expulsions or any other such measures such as war under Prussian hegemony, I see nothing wrong with German influence (since their efficiency, organization, management etc. skills are excellent).

    I just don't think German taxpayers would want their money being poured into other countries (like how it is now).

    #368861

    Anonymous
    Quote:
    As long as there is no war, Germanization, expulsions or any other such measures such as war under Prussian hegemony, I see nothing wrong with German influence (since their efficiency, organization, management etc. skills are excellent).

    Yes, German fiscal discipline is excellent. Merkel's government is are really the only one holding the international finance sharks on a leash, or in a tug of war that Europe cannot afford to lose.

    #368862

    Anonymous
    Quote:
    As long as there is no war, Germanization, expulsions or any other such measures such as war under Prussian hegemony, I see nothing wrong with German influence (since their efficiency, organization, management etc. skills are excellent).

    I just don't think German taxpayers would want their money being poured into other countries (like how it is now).

    Today's German imperialism is a solely economical one, there is absolutely no Germanization policy whatsoever, but a "De-germanization" policy targeting the own ethnicity. So the dangers for Poles comes from another corner of the world right now…
    [IMG]http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/2622/pol1323210640001eu.jpg”/>

    I am not saying there were no Anti-polonism in Germany right now, the NPD tries to exploit that – in some eastern German regions Poles buy properties and houses because it's cheaper than in Poland, that and a record-low birthrate rather Polonizes parts of Germany than vice versa ;)
    [IMG]http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/8585/pol1323289782001.jpg”/>

    #368863

    Anonymous

    Tell me, Vedmark, Germans have mastered so much and indeed perfected so much, why have they such problems with moderation?

    #368864

    Anonymous

    Wilkolak thats becouse germans drink to much zoiglbier!

    #368865

    Anonymous

    I actually find Germanics, especially the Protestants among them – northern Germany and also the Nordic countries – to be very good on moderation. Sure they can drink like hell, but when Monday morning rolls around, they are sober and going to work. Look at Norway, practically 100% Lutheran and the richest country in Europe with a stable society and demographics.

    It's the Italians who have problems with moderation!

    #368866

    Anonymous

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    #368867

    Anonymous
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    Tell me, Vedmark, Germans have mastered so much and indeed perfected so much, why have they such problems with moderation?

    I think people are too obedient and immature in general – and the ruling caste/plutocrats always to what is the most profitable…

    @Husarz 1: in Germany the more Catholic south is the economic powerplant, not the rather poor Protestant north and east. (but there is an influential Protestant grand bourgeoisie in S Germany).

    @Husarz 2:
    [IMG]http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/6010/merkelsarko1.jpg”/>

    [IMG]http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/782/merkelsarko.jpg”/>

    [IMG]http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/4650/merkelsarko2.jpg”/>

    #368868

    Anonymous

    As for me, I never loved germans… I hate them all the way… The wield their nose so high… But if we look them closely, they have nothing to be proud now… Germans in WW2 however I respect… They fighted brave, well, for not a good case… (I'm not Nazi nor Communist)

    #368869

    Anonymous
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    As for me, I never loved germans…

    No one ever demanded so…

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    I hate them all the way…

    Hate is a strong and destructive emotion that leads to chaos and irrationality – is there a specific reason for this?

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    The wield their nose so high…

    And what are you doing right now?

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    But if we look them closely, they have nothing to be proud now…

    The biggest economy in Europe, one of the best qualities of living, low crime – which would be way lower if we had not all these criminal foreigners – car, beer etc. brands of world class and many more things that arouse envy – all this built out of the ashes of WW2. It would be better the Slavic countries would orientate themselves towards these deeds rather than merely copying modernist western decadence.

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    Germans in WW2 however I respect… They fighted brave, well, for not a good case… (I'm not Nazi nor Communist)

    You clearly show a dendency towards destructivism, if you ask me…

    #368870

    Anonymous

    First of all, Germans made two big world war (Austrians are germans too, before you say, they are like the Holy Roman Empire's little states, but a bigger one), wich caused a lot of death, destruction to Slavs (and others well)

    Germans after world war were built up by USA and others (Eastern Germany is not, but it is little)

    They are mostly famous for cheating in sports… Like 1954 Football WC, or Tennis Women, whom look like man thanks to hormonal injections…

    Germans made Computer Viruses first… No comment…

    Germans are not like others who speak english (reason why I hate french as well)

    I could write a thousand reason why I hate germans… Hope this is enough…Well, Germans have a culture, and other great things…But always thought that they are somewhat better than other people (familiar hm?)

    #368871

    Anonymous
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    The biggest economy in Europe, one of the best qualities of living, low crime – which would be way lower if we had not all these criminal foreigners – car, beer etc. brands of world class and many more things that arouse envy – all this built out of the ashes of WW2. It would be better the Slavic countries would orientate themselves towards these deeds rather than merely copying modernist western decadence.

    German economic success is, I think, from two key things. Germans have good work ethic, thus even bureaucratic jobs ("socialism") and state jobs are done well there. This then helps run the second key thing, Germany's public banks (banks off limits to international finance sharks), in an efficient way and Germany is stable inside economically. People, super rich and regular, don't worry about their savings going to shit. The rich invest and big companies (e.g. BMW) can steadily make good products. Poland, I very much hope, adopts the German banking model and not the Anglo-Jewish one that reeks out the ass of corruption. Poland's banks and are small and numerous and as the country grows they'll have to be reformed and reorganized… and the Anglo method will lead to what the Anglo method always has led to.

    #368872

    Anonymous
    Quote:
    First of all, Germans made two big world war (Austrians are germans too, before you say, they are like the Holy Roman Empire's little states, but a bigger one), wich caused a lot of death, destruction to Slavs (and others well)

    I don't deny this, but how many problems of today have to do with past wars? Germans suffered as well, and meanwhile the number of aborted babies is almost as high as the war casualties – a problem, along with the low birthrate, should sound familar to a Slav…

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    Germans after world war were built up by USA and others (Eastern Germany is not, but it is little)

    Sorry, but that's nonsense, re-organization and intra-European trade were the main motors for the economic success, the Marshal Plan indeed was important, but compare the numbers, F and GB got way more fundings than Germany…and Germany additionally had to pay huge sums in reparations.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Plan#German_level_of_industry_restrictions

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    They are mostly famous for cheating in sports… Like 1954 Football WC, or Tennis Women, whom look like man thanks to hormonal injections…

    What a luck there were never these doped Slavic sport monsters back in times of the Warshaw Treaty, no?

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    Germans made Computer Viruses first… No comment…

    boo-hoo – then found the Slavic hacker club and kill all German computer viruses…
    BTW the viruses that are the most destructive ones come from Russia these days, luckily I am utterly disinterested in porn…

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    Germans are not like others who speak english (reason why I hate french as well)

    Haha I wish to have your sorrows…

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    I could write a thousand reason why I hate germans… Hope this is enough…Well, Germans have a culture, and other great things…But always thought that they are somewhat better than other people (familiar hm?)

    We have a saying here: Put beneath something you hate, something better, something you have created on your own, that's the best critique in the world.
    And inside of everyone of us there lurks a little chauvinist, no? ;)

    #368873

    Anonymous
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    @Husarz 1: in Germany the more Catholic south is the economic powerplant, not the rather poor Protestant north and east. (but there is an influential Protestant grand bourgeoisie in S Germany).

    Pity that in more recent history, this cultural and economic Southern powerhouse did not have political domination, like North and East.

    History would have played out totally different and there would not be nowadays this intense self-hatred in Germany of being German, since Germans have much to be proud of. This is also why I mentioned moderation.

    Middle ground would have been best for Germany and also for Europe and South Germans could have ensured this were it not for Prussia and its influence later.

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