French president François Hollande’s governing Socialist party has delivered a blistering assault on Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, accusing her of causing the single currency crisis that has been tearing Europe apart for more than three years, of acting selfishly and intransigently in her own political and German national interest, and demanding a “showdown” with the “chancellor of austerity”.
Merkel, as well as Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, and David Cameron come in for severe criticism. Merkel and Sarkozy, the draft declares, managed to turn a small crisis that started in Greece more than three years ago into a European disaster.
Yes, because it is totally the austerity measures that are causing these tough times and not at all — oh, I don’t know — the wildly, recklessly irresponsible years of spending binges that plunged these euro nations into catastrophic debt levels and the failed euro experiment, maybe? But Merkel wasn’t the only European leader at which they directed their anger; David Cameron’s British government took a beating for — wait for it — their “Thatcherite” leanings.
At least the French did not blame Bush. The French did learn from their American counterparts, even though history shows their policies always fail; it is still never their fault, because it is always somebody else’s fault.