Parchment in the Fire: Merkel wrongfoots Left opponents (again) – POLITICO

The center-left is holding off on naming its candidate for chancellor in next year’s election. Source: Merkel wrongfoots Left opponents (again) – POLITICO Filed under: Europe Tagged: Germany, Merkel

The Disaffected Lib: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? No One, Angela, No One.

Is it the Euro or is it Angela Merkel – or both?  Whatever the case, Merkel’s brutal subjugation of Greece has the neighbours outside the Eurozone good cause to think twice about joining the common currency, the Euro. Once, it was an exclusive club that nearly all of Europe aspired to join. Now, in the ...

The Disaffected Lib: Merkel’s Toxic Tonic

Has German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s subjugation of Greece inadvertently poisoned European unity?  That’s how a pro-EU lobby group sees it. “The last few weeks have laid totally bare the European Union’s brand of authoritarian dogma,” UKIP leader Nigel Farage wrote in the London Telegraph. “More and more people are waking up to the dangers of ...

A Different Point of View....: G7 false commitments won’t help us tackle 7-million air pollution deaths

During the hour that it took the world’s elite G7 politicians discussing climate change to wander through an enchanting meadow of flowers in Germany’s Bavarian Alps earlier this week, at least 800 people died prematurely from the impact of air pollution, most of it caused by the burning of non-renewable fossil fuels. Wanting to show ...

A Different Point of View....: G7 false commitments won’t help us tackle 7-million air pollution deaths

During the hour that it took the world’s elite G7 politicians discussing climate change to wander through an enchanting meadow of flowers in Germany’s Bavarian Alps earlier this week, at least 800 people died prematurely from the impact of air pollution, most of it caused by the burning of non-renewable fossil fuels. Wanting to show ...

The Disaffected Lib: Germany Alarmed at NATO’s (and America’s) Ginned Up Claims on Ukraine

A Warmonger and a Fearmonger Angela Merkel thinks that Germany (and the rest of the West) is being conned by NATO and the U.S. inflating the Russian threat to the Ukraine. General Philip Breedlove, the top NATO commander in Europe, stepped before the press in Washington. Putin, the 59-year-old said, had once again “upped the ...

The Disaffected Lib: A Big Deal With Low Confidence – Ukraine

Angela Merkel and Francoise Hollande seem to have pulled it off – a peace deal to end the civil war in Ukraine.  What no one is even asking is if there’s a chance it will hold. The shooting stops at 5 p.m. ET Saturday.  Like all ceasefires the warring parties are free to go at ...

The Disaffected Lib: Are We Really Willing to Go To War over Ukraine?

Would you be okay if it was your kids in uniform going off to a shooting war with the Russians over Ukraine? The whole idea seems fantastic, ridiculous.  We tend to dismiss it as unimaginable but giving it short shrift can be lethal. Earlier this week three words caught my attention – “une guerre totale.” ...

The Disaffected Lib: Could Putin Snap?

Now this is worrisome.  It is a transcript compiled from verbatim notes of a meeting between Russia’s Vlad Putin and German chancellor Angela Merkel that led Merkel to conclude her Russian counterpart is not in touch with reality but is living “in another world.” Putin squirmed and rambled. And rambled and rambled. He was a rainbow ...

The Disaffected Lib: How Germany Made a Killing on the Euro-Crisis

Europe’s fiscal crisis has hammered much of the E.U. from Ireland to Britain, Spain, Portugal, France and Greece.  Germany, however, has made out like a bandit. The collapse of every nation around it made German debt much, much more attractive to investors looking for security.  So much more attractive that Germany saved 41-billion Euros in ...

The Disaffected Lib: Germany Shines a Light on the Harp of Darkness

When it came right down to it, Germany balked at voting “no” on Palestinian recognition in the UN General Assembly and, instead, merely abstained.   Netanyahu was not amused. What transpired between Angie Merkel and Benny Netanyahu may shed some useful light on how Israel interacts with allies, like Canada, expecting them to do its bidding. ...

Impolitical: Caption away

“Look Angela, I don’t know what it is, quite frankly. I think that hippie Trudeau may have had it placed here. Inukshuk or something. Some mumbo jumbo about group effort, balance and being part of something bigger than ourselves. Like I said, I really don’t know what it’s about.” (Source)

Impolitical: The German view of the Harper-Merkel bunfest

Despite all the hype in much of the Canadian media about this Harper-Merkel meeting featuring Canada-EU trade talks, the Germans are playing it right down: Mr. Jürgens said he doesn’t expect Mr. Harper and Ms. Merkel to have much detailed discussion about the ongoing trade talks between Canada and the European Union. “I wouldn’t be ...

Polygonic: La France Forte, or Why You Desperately Need Sarko Standing On the Beach

The French presidential campaign is kicking into high gear, and Nicolas Sarkozy has one key message for his ungrateful people: vote him back in, and he promises to spend his second term standing on the beach, like a magnificant granite Colossus, liquifying overseas demons with the sheer power of his blue-eyed gaze.  Don’t believe it? ...

CuriosityCat: It’s High Noon and a lone Merkel faces off against a horde of armed investors

The Financial Times has a very good article, which states Chancellor Merkel’s position on the ‘eurozone crisis’ very clearly: It needs a better disciplined, closer fiscal union with penalities for those who step over agreed lines, and not a quick fix of having Germany carry the burden of the bad debt of the weaker countries. ...

Politics and Entertainment: Cancelling the Greek Referendum and Angela Merkel’s Steely Focus

Two final thoughts today on the Greek crisis: 1) Under immense political pressure from within his own party, the opposition, and the EU – i.e., Germany – Papandreou was forced to cancel the referendum. But the basic idea was a good one: he knew Germany would demand even more austerity as part of the bailout ...

CuriosityCat: Democratic Greeks fight the German and French Bullies

Gavin Hewitt, the Europe Editor of the BBC News, has written an incisive article today about what is at stake with the Greek Prime Minister’s call for a referendum on the EU austerity proposal. He draws a sharp distinction between the PM’s call that democracy play its part in the birthplace of our modern democracies, ...

CuriosityCat: A Prime Minister challenges a Chancellor: Could this be the end of the EU?

An epic struggle for the future of the EU was started this morning when a Greek politician threw down the gauntlet, challenging both those within his country who opposed his leadership as prime minister, and the latest ‘solution’ of the EU financial crisis engineered by Chancellor Merkel of Germany. Heel, GeorgieBoy … It started with ...

CuriosityCat: Merkel kicks Sarkozy who kicks a cat named Greece

We’ve just seen a case of trickle down kicking taking place in the EU.  Sarkozy wanted to use the European Central Bank to bail out the banks, but Merkel quickly ruled out, saying it wasn’t up for discussion. So other methods were debated and agreed on. And Sarkozy then gave an interview, and – no ...

CuriosityCat: Chancellor Brinkmanship: Angela Merkel’s Teutonic discipline for the EU Latin Fringe

To some, the Eurozone crisis has all the hallmarks of a train crash. These onlookers are only partly right. The Eurozone crisis is a slow motion train wreck, with the speed being checked as and when she wants to, by Chancellor Merkel of Germany. The Stampeders: On the one side, we have the capital markets, ...

CuriosityCat: Greek PM frames it as a battle for the future

Here’s one politician who – rather belatedly – has managed to frame the issue in a way which will make it difficult for Germany to say No. He has shifted the focus to the future, to the reforms that Greece is determined to implement: Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has delivered an impassioned plea to ...

CuriosityCat: The Chancellor versus Breugel: The Cat thinks Merkel is right about the Eurobond

The European Union is a loose confederation of widely divergent nation states, with the weaker ones suffering from the consequences of a worldwide recession, living beyond their needs, and financial markets that are wary of investing in the sovereign debt issued by the likes of Greece and Italy. Enter The Eurobond: Chancellor Merkel ponders the ...

The Disaffected Lib: Angela Merkel’s Fossil Fuel Fondness

In the immediate wake of the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown, German Chancellor Angela Merkel sprung into action, rescinding her decision to extend the operation of her own country’s nuclear power plants and moving to have them out of operation as quickly as possible.   So just how does the Chancellor plan to ensure her country’s ...