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Austerity as a Solution to Germany’s Demographic Challenge

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The recent history of the Greek crisis has conclusively demonstrated that Germany runs Europe. Although the Teutonic nation neither desires nor wields complete and unchallenged mastery, Berlin can impose its will on its European partners when the country feels its vital interests are at stake. This was the case with Greece: the Germans had worked […]

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Europe’s Rendezvous with Reality

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During last Friday’s frantic negotiations between Greece and the Eurogroup, Greece blinked first. Despite all the vitriol thrown at Alexis Tsipras and Syriza for being “radicals”, “revolutionaries” and “populist demagogues”, the Greek government rejected all but the most orthodox of solutions to their financial problems. Europe’s “darlings of the extreme left” have turned out to […]

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The Dangerous Hollowing of Europe

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Recent incidents over the past two months have caused me considerable disquiet and should be a warning bell for anyone concerned about European relevance; perhaps even European survivability in an increasingly dangerous world. On the week of September 22nd, the German Luftwaffe was shown to have glaring deficiencies: the Defense Minister, Ursula Von der Leyden, […]

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Merkel and her problems by Adam Casals

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Common Sense welcomes guest writer Adam Casals and is pleased to present his recent article in Ara.cat on Germany’s position vís-a-vìs Spain and Catalonia. The opinions of the author are his own and do not represent those of Common Sense. The article is reprinted in its entirety with the author’s permission. The original article can be […]

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Mariano Rajoy’s Quixotic Priorities

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Never a dull moment when it comes to the antics of the Spanish government. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy recently hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel[1], also known as “La Patrona”. Mrs. Merkel went to Madrid to shore up support in Europe’s fifth largest economy for a continuation of austerity measures. This was made necessary by the […]

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Europe: Too Much Germany and Not Enough Britain?

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On May 10th, Angela Merkel hosted her French counterpart, François Holland, in the German coastal city of Stralsund. The event was planned as a show of unity, with joint statements on the future of the Euro and the Union’s response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. And after 20 hours of discussions, the two did […]

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España…Adiós!

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The ECB Governing Council met today, and markets were expectant to see what would result. Last week, Mario Draghi promised to take “any measure” to save the euro, and promised that “it would be enough”. So investors were naturally expectant of some combination of: A promise to buy Spanish and Italian bonds directly on the primary […]

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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