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Old 02-25-2010, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Greek rescue looks like it might be falling apart.

People protesting in the cities with "Burn down the banks" and the PM talking of the attrocities "Nazi" Germany did to them.

Lots of frayed nerves over there.

Greek rescue in danger as deputy prime minister attacks 'Nazi' Germany - Telegraph

I cherry picked this statement from a banker.

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"One banker said the situation was surreal. "How can they call the Germans incompetent Nazis and still expect a bail-out?"
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Old 02-25-2010, 11:21 PM
 
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Nah.

Talking smack about each others' countries is the European national sport, with football (you'd call it soccer) a very remote second. The Brits will still throw out Agincourt if they feel like abusing the French - in terms of European grudgery, WWII practically happened yesterday.
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Old 02-25-2010, 11:28 PM
 
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From what I read recently in a German newspaper (Frankfurter Rundschau) it seems the the EU expects Germany to provide most of the financial aid to Greece. This is going to be tough because Greece's deficit is 4 times more than any EU nation. On France24 some videos are available of Greeks protesting government austerity. Things sure don't look good in Athens.
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Old 02-25-2010, 11:42 PM
 
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Well national pride is a deadly sin. We need to fix the economy fast.
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Old 02-25-2010, 11:52 PM
 
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From what I read recently in a German newspaper (Frankfurter Rundschau) it seems the the EU expects Germany to provide most of the financial aid to Greece. This is going to be tough because Greece's deficit is 4 times more than any EU nation. On France24 some videos are available of Greeks protesting government austerity. Things sure don't look good in Athens.
Any take on what the German population, as a whole, feels about that (i.e. most seem to favor or not favor)?
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:42 AM
 
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Well right behind Greece is Spain and Portugal with mounting debt problems. Who will bail out the next country ?
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Nah.

Talking smack about each others' countries is the European national sport, with football (you'd call it soccer) a very remote second. The Brits will still throw out Agincourt if they feel like abusing the French - in terms of European grudgery, WWII practically happened yesterday.
That's a pretty childish analogy. Greece isn't buddies with much of the rest of Europe. Europe isn't just about England, France, or Germany unlike Amero-Eurotrash wannabes who believe it is. Many of these countries despise each other and would rather burn down their parliament than bail out a neighbor.
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:08 AM
 
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That's a pretty childish analogy. Greece isn't buddies with much of the rest of Europe. Europe isn't just about England, France, or Germany unlike Amero-Eurotrash wannabes who believe it is. Many of these countries despise each other and would rather burn down their parliament than bail out a neighbor.
You're probably right - I only lived in Europe for three decades, so what do I know?
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:11 AM
 
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You're probably right - I only lived in Europe for three decades, so what do I know?
Thank you for understanding. Dang, took 3 decades and still didn't know that Europe actually has dynamics outside the UK/German/France sector?
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:12 AM
 
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Well right behind Greece is Spain and Portugal with mounting debt problems. Who will bail out the next country ?
If we're not careful, it will be the US that does once again. Bailing out Europe seems to be our national sport.
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