The Corner

Alternative für Deutschland (at last)

The Daily Telegraph talks here to Bernd Lucke, the leader of Germany’s new euroskeptic party, Alternative für Deutschland. For reasons that need no explanation the AfD is achingly moderate (the writer of the piece goes to some lengths to distinguish it from those ruffians at Britain’s euroskeptic UKIP), and the party is not opposed to the EU (far from it), but to the single currency:

“The euro is not a currency under which the European project can prosper,” he said. “There is a division of Europe now and this is going to become bigger in the future, if we don’t stop this process and introduce more monetary flexibility for those countries who suffer the most.”

Is this a response to the northern European view that their work ethic is incompatible with that of the south?

“Yes,” he said firmly.

As such, Mr Lucke advocates a progressive “dissolution” of the eurozone, with southern European nations – Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Italy – leaving forthwith. Even more controversially, he also recommends the same fate for France, leaving a rump eurozone of financially prudent Nordic nations that would likewise eventually dissolve as well.

“They (France) should leave and then we would be left with a much smaller eurozone, which could then perhaps exist for a longer period of time,” he said. “It could live on, or it could perhaps be dissolved after the southern European countries have left.”

And yes, this sounds a lot like the process that switching to the Northern euro would set in motion…

The Daily Telegraph continues:

And the fledgling party is gaining support. A recent poll by Focus magazine showed that 26 per cent of Germans would consider voting for an anti-euro party. This figure rises to 40 per cent among those aged between 40 and 49.

Mr Lucke is realistic about his electoral chances, laughing off the suggestion that his party could actually rule Germany. But he could cause a headache for the established political figures.

Indeed he could. Even a few percentage points won by AfD could make life difficult for Angela Merkel, currently favored to win reelection in September. Her awareness that AfD is out there will mean that Germany will take an even tougher line if another Cyprus comes along before now and September.

Hang onto your hats.  

Most Popular

White House

Implications of the Flynn Pardon

President Trump granted a pardon to Michael Flynn, his former national-security adviser, today. Flynn had pled guilty to lying to FBI agents about conversations, during the 2016 transition, with the Russian ambassador about sanctions. Flynn’s pardon should bring to an end one gross violation of the ... Read More
White House

Implications of the Flynn Pardon

President Trump granted a pardon to Michael Flynn, his former national-security adviser, today. Flynn had pled guilty to lying to FBI agents about conversations, during the 2016 transition, with the Russian ambassador about sanctions. Flynn’s pardon should bring to an end one gross violation of the ... Read More
History

The 1620 Project

On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower arrived on the eastern coast of North America. She had weathered the slings and arrows of maritime misfortune for almost ten weeks at that point, but the passengers thought the discomfort of crossing a small price to pay for passage to the Promised Land. After all, these were ... Read More
History

The 1620 Project

On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower arrived on the eastern coast of North America. She had weathered the slings and arrows of maritime misfortune for almost ten weeks at that point, but the passengers thought the discomfort of crossing a small price to pay for passage to the Promised Land. After all, these were ... Read More
History

Thanksgiving Is Not a Lie

We live in a time of heedless iconoclasm, and so one of the country’s oldest traditions is under assault. Thanksgiving is increasingly portrayed as, at best, based on falsehoods and, at worst, a whitewash of genocide against Native Americans. The New York Times ran a piece the other day titled, “The ... Read More
History

Thanksgiving Is Not a Lie

We live in a time of heedless iconoclasm, and so one of the country’s oldest traditions is under assault. Thanksgiving is increasingly portrayed as, at best, based on falsehoods and, at worst, a whitewash of genocide against Native Americans. The New York Times ran a piece the other day titled, “The ... Read More
Culture

On Being Grateful

My mother always enjoyed making Thanksgiving dinner. She took a traditional Southern woman’s pride in being a good cook, following her mother’s recipes, and my family made a rare display of kindness by declining to inform her that she was a fairly dreadful cook, one whose kitchen alchemy on the electric range ... Read More
Culture

On Being Grateful

My mother always enjoyed making Thanksgiving dinner. She took a traditional Southern woman’s pride in being a good cook, following her mother’s recipes, and my family made a rare display of kindness by declining to inform her that she was a fairly dreadful cook, one whose kitchen alchemy on the electric range ... Read More
Film & TV

Hillbilly Elegy: Ron Howard’s Inverted Mayberry

Hollywood knows two registers when it comes to the white working class (WWC): sentimentalizing and condescending. WWCs are either cute, neighborly, and folksy, or they constitute a tawdry, alien life form. There are 130 million WWCs in our country, and yet nobody in Hollywood has the slightest grasp of them. With ... Read More
Film & TV

Hillbilly Elegy: Ron Howard’s Inverted Mayberry

Hollywood knows two registers when it comes to the white working class (WWC): sentimentalizing and condescending. WWCs are either cute, neighborly, and folksy, or they constitute a tawdry, alien life form. There are 130 million WWCs in our country, and yet nobody in Hollywood has the slightest grasp of them. With ... Read More