The German approach to finance in the European context

Authored by: Lothar Funk

The Routledge Handbook of German Politics & Culture

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415686860
eBook ISBN: 9781315747040
Adobe ISBN: 9781317600152


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Hans Magnus Enzensberger has been extremely dissatisfied with the state of Europe recently. On 15 May 2010, he expressed his disappointment and anger in an interview with The Guardian: ‘Europe is a great achievement but they are messing it up […] it is anti-European because they antagonise people without any reason for doing so. […] it is rolling back liberties which we have acquired.’ 2 But who is to blame? For many observers, particularly outside Germany and those northern European countries with a similar financial ‘stability culture’, the answer appears to be obvious: Germany is at fault.

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