Southern Europe lies prostrate before the German imperium … Cyprus is only the first victim of a one-size-must-fit-all policy that is made in Berlin … 'Cyprus is capitulating not out of euro-patriotism, but out of fear; this is not European "solidarity", but coercion.' … Othello was sent there from Venice to repel the Turks, though luckily they all got blown away in a tempest. Since then, Russia, Britain, Greece and, always, Turkey, have taken an interest. Even today, Britain has an important listening post for the Middle East there, 60,000 expatriates, 3,500 troops in our sovereign bases and a continuing role as a guarantor power. Cypriots still drive on the left. – UK Telegraph
Dominant Social Theme: Germany is the worst country, always making trouble.
Free-Market Analysis: We've written about this dominant social theme before but because of this article we can't resist returning to it. Everything we wrote about it is right here in black and white.
We should also note that while this article was written a week ago when Cyprus was just breaking out, even in the past few days there have been more articles of this sort featured in the mainstream media, especially in Britain. The exuberant Daily Mail is a special culprit; there have been in the recent past, as well, comparisons of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Hitler.
The promotion is obvious and only surprising for its vehemence: It's Germany's fault. The European Union is being ground under the heel of the Kraut! Our previous take … Blame Germany for the European Mess.
This is one reliable meme. The Germans are supposedly a wicked people, always starting wars and provoking others. But World War I's conflagration remains inexplicable no matter how many books are written. And it is simply a fact that Adolf Hitler's rise to power was aided by Western funding – before England at least partially provoked him into war.
Germany remains a convenient whipping boy, and this article certainly cracks the lash.
… We have heard enough lies, the Germans are saying haughtily to the Cypriots, now shut up and do what we want. Yesterday, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, ordered that "Cyprus must realise that its business model is dead".
It is hard to tell whether this was true before she said it. Some argue that the problems in Cypriot banking were hugely exaggerated by the country's outgoing Communist government for electoral reasons. But this has become irrelevant. If the business model was not dead before the intervention of Brussels, Frankfurt, Berlin and the IMF, it is now. No one with any choice in the matter will want to put his money in a Cypriot bank any more.
… So let us look at this question not from an economic but an imperial point of view … Now it is the Germans' turn to exercise an imperium. Their re-entry into the comity of nations has been based on the idea that they are peaceful, law-respecting, internationalist, politically vegetarian. They support an ever-closer European Union because they want to be a "European Germany" to avoid a "German Europe". They are perfectly genuine about wishing to overcome what is euphemistically called "the problem of history". So they are obsessed with the importance of rules, of obeying them and being seen to obey them. They have been good boys, and by doing so, they have prospered mightily.
But as they have grown stronger, their love of rules has turned into an instrument of their power. We are good European citizens, the Germans argue, and we have done well. So the answer is for everyone in the eurozone to behave just like us and they will do well too. One size must fit all, and that size is made in Germany. What the Germans leave out of account is that the single currency which, for them, is artificially low in international value is, for most of the rest of the eurozone, punitively high. What helps them crushes others. After victory in 1945, Churchill broadcast that Germany "lies prostrate before us". Today, most of southern Europe lies prostrate before Germany.
This is generally a most troublesome perspective because it is a fundamental misrepresentation of what is taking place in the Eurozone. Germans do NOT want to be part of the euro or even the EU at this point – as numerous opinion polls have shown, including a very recent one.
In fact, from what we can tell, the antipathy to the EU and especially the euro has been rising over the past two years. The same frustration with the euro is evident in Britain, as well, and no doubt many other countries. When given a choice, Europeans do not want to be "European" first.
The EU is a product of the globalists and Brussels bureaucrats. But there is no doubt that it is rooted in the paternalism and ambition of top British and US elites for an ever more globalist society. As this is increasingly clear, the finger-pointing at Germany escalates. But thanks to what we call the Internet Reformation, reality shines through clearly on this and a number of other issues.
It is a lot harder to blame the Germans in the 21st century than the 20th.