Why Europe's new problem is Germany


The dogmatic intransigence and unprecedented brutality that Germany has directed towards the Greek government now marks a historic break-up of the European project, writes Mediapart editor François Bonnet in this analysis of the five years of high drama surrounding the Greek debt crisis. The camouflage, he writes, has finally dropped: the arrival of an aggressive German superpower in Europe, seated on economic strength but also its influence over a number of central European states, one that is intent on imposing its economic and monetary vision, promises untold divisions and dangers.

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The great European collapse that has accompanied the crisis in Greece has produced a revelation. It is largely thanks to Greek Prime Minister Alexi Tsipras and his former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis that it has been made. For by clearly placing, as they did, political issues before the technocracy in Brussels, by adopting a transparent stance, and by breaking the rules of the scandalous behind-closed-doors meetings of the Eurogroup,  the Greek leaders have brought out into the open a new and disturbing problem – and which is the case of Germany.