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    to be truthy, I am well German but I live in Holland (so I am an Expat, even if one could doubt how big that difference really is).
    Generally, I dont hear a lot, but what I see from the German press is that they seem to take it much less dramatic than anglophone press, but much more in the sense of "someone needs to enforce good housekeeping standards". 80 bn after all isnt that much money (to Germany and France combined). But I am convinced that Germany will want to make sure that behaviour changes for the money, but if they suggest rules, then Germany itself would have to bind itself by them, and that they tended not to like. So that is more like the discussion that I faintly get from German press.

    Ici s´arrète la loi.

    by marsanges on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 03:27:25 PM PDT

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    •  I've been reading the online English (1+ / 0-)
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      versions of Der Speigel and Deutsche Welle. They both seem to be playing up the drama to a good extent.

      •  Spiegel disadvised (1+ / 0-)
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        of course everyone has their own taste. But the Spiegel isnt so much a news outlet as an opinion maker (wannabe). They spin that it makes me dizzy so I discarded them as safe news source long ago. in my experience/taste, more barebones daily print news is more reliable (and I mean barebones, not bareskin). So like the FAZ, SZ, also FTD, western ruhrgebiet papers (though those I dont know well). Zeit for more background. SZ was longtime the unrivalled liberal flagship of German daily press but they seem to have lost severely in quality in recent economic troubles. They may go under. That would leave the FAZ as the best quality paper in Germany, even though I hate their politics (which is bordering on the national-conservative).

        Ici s´arrète la loi.

        by marsanges on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 03:42:34 PM PDT

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        •  That is what I had heard. (1+ / 0-)
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          There aren't a lot of German sources in English.

          •  read this (1+ / 0-)
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            link

            in short words, it describes that there is an orchestrated groundwave of anti-greek ressentiment building in Germany, at least among the popular base of the ruling right-wing conservatives. That ressentiment being actively pushed by an unrestricted boulevard press, and threatening to restrict the ability of the government (of D) to act according to technical necessity. It is a story of a teabaggeresque playing with fire (the conservatives thinking they can play political gain domestically by waking a xenophobic dragon, that dragon grows to consume them).

            See not only the Spiegel can spin, I can as well!

            Ici s´arrète la loi.

            by marsanges on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 04:03:30 PM PDT

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