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Merkel: EU facing biggest threat since communism

DPA/The Local · 13 May 2010, 16:08

Published: 13 May 2010 16:08 GMT+02:00

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If monetary union failed and the euro ceased to exist, there would be “incalculable consequences” for Europe, she said.

“If the euro fails, other things will fail. The idea of European unity will fail,” Merkel said in her speech at an award ceremony in honour of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in the western city of Aachen.

“It is the greatest test Europe has faced since 1990, if not in the 53 years since the passage of the Treaties of Rome,” she said, referring to the foundations of European integration.

Europe's common currency has been battered by the Greek debt crisis and subsequent bailout, amid fears the eurozone could even break up, with countries going back to their national currencies.

The euro had to be protected because it stood for “European integration,” Merkel said, adding she was confident that “today’s currency crisis” could be overcome.

She said current events should be an opportunity to overhaul the internal workings of the European Union to allow tighter dovetailing of the member state’s economic and fiscal policies. Europe had grown since the Maastricht Treaty set the foundation for monetary union in 1992, “but the internal composition has not kept pace,” Merkel said.

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“We must use the opportunity of the crisis to make up for the failures that were also not corrected by the Lisbon Treaty,” she said.

Picking up the theme, Tusk, who was receiving the annual Charlemagne Prize for contribution for European unity - a prize Merkel won in 2008 - said the crisis was ''paradoxically a chance for Europe to strengthen and grow together.''

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17:30 May 13, 2010 by Bushdiver
I for one would be more than happy if each country went back to their own currency. The Eurozone can still function without the Euro and all these financial problems wouldn't effect the Eurozone as a whole. The Euro was a mistake as is was. I don't even remember the Germans asking it's citizens if they even wanted the Euro. In the end we all got screwed by prices doubling and pay being cut in half.
18:29 May 13, 2010 by Thames
Lets face it the main pupose of the EU is to control Germany that is why the German people were not allowed to vote on it.

Obviously Europe needs to work together but the EU has been a disaster. European leaders push for diversity yet the EU has done great damge to local culture.

I am going to search the house now because I think I may have enough Marks to at least buy a beer or two.
19:13 May 13, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, Thames does make an interesting observation.

"the main purpose of the EU is to control Germany."

And the fact is, French and Dutch citizens voted against the Euro and yet they were forced to take it.

I have no problem saying that I'm religious and that I believe in the existence of a God. I am however puzzled by the idea that He would create so many "Intellectualy Unqualified Beings."

I'm sure there are at least a few intellectuals in Europe.

But where are they? Where are the logical thinkers?
20:00 May 13, 2010 by derExDeutsche
@ Logic Guy

Logical thinking does not get you elected anymore. You need to be able to promise something.

I would say there are TOO MANY Intellectuals in Europe. Common sense is in short supply.

The 2 things that made Europe great; the free market to work and do business and freedom to pursue your dreams of liberty and justice. These have been robbed from the people.

Now the question is, How? Why?
01:16 May 14, 2010 by wetdawg~
@Logic Guy:

Only the "First Two" were created...all afterwards were "Procreated"...
08:33 May 14, 2010 by kaliopla
I am Greek and I recognize that with our problems we emerged all serious problems in essence Europe has to face, however all these problems make me want to leave Greece and stay somewhere else in the world, I am tired of our corrupt political system which has made us the simple people unable to react and the same as them. I am not a public servant and not all public servants in Greece are bad but the damage some people caused to our country, since we cannot send them away to an exile for example, we must leave them here alone. All the young people of Greece must leave the country or change it entirely,somehow, otherwise Greece will vanish
10:39 May 14, 2010 by tallady
From what i have read,there is no going back on the Euro, to do so would be the mother of all financial disasters. We are all in a globalized world. If there are serious problems in the Euro Zone than there are problems through out,especially in the USA, The USA needs Europe ,and vis versa ,we have China to the East and India,all of whom are on an economic boom. Yes there are problems to be worked out and some unpleasant changes are most likely to occur.The fact is the USA will not let the Euro Zone fail as doing so would bring on an unprecedented disaster to its own economy. No two zones are closer related than the USA and the Euro zone, we need each other and I believe we will get through this. I am one American that hopes this all works out with the least amount of discomfort to the people.
12:12 May 14, 2010 by derExDeutsche

Sorry to hear it. But here @ Local you will find many people who believe only in their Socialist Govt.. Often times hindsight is 20/20. I hope we don't experience what you and your countrymen are going through. But in some ways, if this is what it takes for people to wake up to the truth, maybe this is necessary.

I just hope they don't succeed in useing this crisis, as they are in Greece, as an attempt at transformation into a new European Communism.

Your Unions are thugs and Govt. and its minions Gangsters. Maybe this will help shake things from the bottom up.
17:24 May 14, 2010 by Prufrock2010
derExDeutsche --

You can't even define "socialism," let alone apply the term to Germany in any credible sense. That Fox Noise that you knuckleheads watch over there in Lubbock, Texas or wherever you are is destroying a billion brain cells a day. Save it for your addled mentor, Glenn Beck.

I hope you tea-partiers get your wish. I can't wait to see what happens when the "free market" destroys America once and for all. "European communism" my @ass!
18:51 May 14, 2010 by derExDeutsche


   /ˈsoʊʃəˌlɪzəm/ Show Spelled[soh-shuh-liz-uhm]


(in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.

19:03 May 14, 2010 by Prufrock2010

ExDeutsche --

You conveniently omitted the primary definition of

"Socialism (noun)

1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.

2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.

3. (in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles."

You skewed your reply to Marxist theory. That's not the kind of disingenuous response I would expect from a brilliant political commentator like you. That's something I would expect from an ignorant tea-bagger.

You also failed to explain how it would apply to Germany.
19:15 May 14, 2010 by derExDeutsche
are you saying that it wasn't a definition of Socialism?

Don't see the connection yet, Prufrock?

¦quot;They are wrong who say that love is blind. On the contrary, nothing - not even the smallest detail - escapes the eyes; one sees everything in the loved one, notices everything; but melts it all into one flame with the great and simple: I love you.¦quot;

and your love is obvious.
19:33 May 14, 2010 by Prufrock2010
You provided ONE definition of socialism, but not the PRIMARY definition.

That is called sophistry (look it up).

And you are right about one thing: I love watching right-wing imbeciles making fools of themselves.

You still haven't explained how your definition (or any definition) of socialism applies to Germany today. That is because you can't.
20:18 May 14, 2010 by derExDeutsche
Jessie, I'm not joking around

I see the crowd you're hanging with and those kids don't seem positive

Don't all the cigs make you tired?

You know I'd never ask you to change, I'll only ask you to try

I know you're gonna do what I know you're gonna do

But 22 and banging around in restaurants

Isn't that much prettier than banging around in bars

And why do you keep going to his car?

I don't want this to stop, I want you to know

I don't want you to settle, I want you to grow

Forget all the boys that you had at the harbor

Your're too hard already, you'll only get harder

mal was gescheites
00:38 May 15, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Case in point.
00:42 May 15, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, the truth is, human emotions and logic are opposites.

For this reason, most people don't understand the real meaning and value of logic. It is the only thing in the entire universe that is perfect, because it doesn't actually claim anything.

Can you imagine how intelligent you would be, if you were to literally consider EVERYTHING?
01:24 May 15, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Logic Guy --

Can you imagine how intelligent you would appear if you would simply state something intelligent? In fact, if you kept your mouth shut you would be a philosopher.
18:17 May 15, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, Prufrock, in case you didn't know, the definition of Philosophy is opinion. And every Philosopher that has impacted society wrote and verbalized their opinions.

(Aristotle, Palto, Freud, Parmenides etc.)

Are you suggesting that humanity should resort to sign language?
19:00 May 15, 2010 by Prufrock2010
No, I'm suggesting that you have nothing remotely intelligible or intelligent to say, and that if you refrain from saying (or writing) it you might be able to pass yourself off as a person of intellect by your mere silence. Sign language might be a good alternative for you, particularly on internet forums.

Freud was a philosopher? Who's Palto?
15:43 May 16, 2010 by hanskarl
"(in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles."

In Marxist Theory ............Actually, the step before socialism is not capitalism, which is an economic system, rather the step prior to socialism should be correctly called democracy.
16:04 May 16, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I agree. Democracy doesn't work.
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