Merkel fluxes her muscles

Hamish Risk, Euromoney, 09.10.2010

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German politicians have used the sovereign crisis to increase their influence over Europe's financial markets, the price of support for Greece. But the country's reluctance to do anything about the weaknesses of its own banking system leaves it open to accusations of double standards. Hamish Risk reports.

Germany's relationship with the rest of Europe os something of a conundrum. In a report this summer called Where is Germany going? - a collection of articles compiled by the think-tank Notre Europe – Janis Emmanouilidis and Almut Möller sum up the country's ambivalent position. "History has shown us that neither Germany nor the rest of Europe are able to cope with German leadership. It is thus somehow a paradox that in many member states there is both moaning about the lack of German leadership and an increasing fear of German dominance." […]

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