The Agence France Press news agency is reporting that Germany’s image in Europe is taking a shellacking as protestors in Cyprus and other debt-mired states wave Nazi posters and flags, blaming the Germans for a “merciless austerity drive”….Respected Spanish daily El Pais went as far as to publish an editorial Sunday stating that Merkel “like Hitler, has declared war on the rest of the continent”. It later withdrew the column.
Die Welt meanwhile is reporting that Luxembourg’s foreign minister has attacked Germany’s “hegemonic ambitions.” Dark talk of German “Diktats” then follows.
Is that behavior and those opinions fair? No. But they are signs of rapidly souring sentiment in Europe.
The EU is, of course, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.