EVERY summer, southern Europe’s tourist spots look forward to the arrival of planeloads of Germans on holiday. But this year encounters between Germans and their hosts have become loaded. In Knossos, in Crete, Giorgios Papadopoulos, a tour guide, interrupts his explanation of Minoan matriarchy to ask a visitor from Berlin about the relationship between Germany’s finance minister and its chancellor: "What’s up between Schäuble and Merkel?” Like many Europeans after July’s bitter bail-out negotiations over Greece, he has become intrigued by the internal workings of a country he sees as trying to “dominate” the European Union.
To Germans such outside fascination with their domestic politics is new, and it makes them uncomfortable. America, as a superpower, may be used to foreign scrutiny. But the rise of “Berlinology” frightens Germans. They have no appetite for becoming Europe’s “leader” (the German word is Führer). Given their past, Germans do not want to seem domineering.
Yet they often do. The anxiety stems from a summit on July 13th, when Germany led euro-zone countries in forcing Greece to accept tougher reforms and more austerity in exchange for a third bail-out—even though Greeks had just rejected them in a referendum. Wolfgang Schäuble, the finance minister, suggested a “temporary” Greek exit from the euro. Both he and Angela Merkel, the chancellor, ruled out a haircut of Greek debt, claiming it would violate euro-zone rules. Germany was thus seen to use the power of its purse to force its vision on weaker members.
The reaction was swift. Op-eds decried German bullheadedness. On social media, the hashtags #ThisIsACoup and #BoycottGermany began trending, while others revived accusations of a “Fourth Reich”. It was a “public diplomacy disaster, ” thinks Thorsten Benner, director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), a Berlin think-tank. “Germany is seen as the harsh, heartless hegemon of the euro zone, ready to bully small countries into submission.”blog before we die zibra blog before and after blog behind the scenes blog behind the black food blog behind the scenes left behind blog story behind blog meaning behind blog blog between between blog and microblog blog difference between vlog difference between blog and website difference between blog and article similarities between blog and hyper poetry difference between blog and forum blog beyond the obvious beyond blog beyond's blog homepage d&d beyond blog go beyond blog brexit & beyond blog travel beyond blog coachmen beyond blog blog but first coffee blog but blog but.fr wordpress not blog but website best buy blog nak buat blog cara buat blog blog gardien de but blog by gabby petito blog by jackie bavaro blog by google blog by ai weiwei blog by marvin williams blog by number blog by high school students blog by sophia lee blog contra ponto blog contra corrente blog contra impugnantes blog contra bolsonaro blog contra las cuerdas blog contra incendios blog contra el amor blog contra e verso blog during pandemic blog during spanish period blog during lockdown blog during american period blog during quarantine travel blog during covid blog ideas during covid blog topics during coronavirus blog even blog even 3 blog not even wrong blog break even apple event blog emily even blog blog gael even blog even stilstaan blog post excerpt blog for free blog for kids blog for beginners blog for students blog for teachers blog for writers blog for business blog from phone blog from afghanistan blog from the bog blog from scratch blog from google blog from kabul blog from the frog blog from wordpress blog in french blog in chinese blog in english blog in japanese blog in text citation apa blog in arabic blog inside website inside out vlog blog inside insidetracker blog blog inside shopify blog.inside out-prison blog inside closet blog inside paradeplatz blog into book blog into the gloss blog into mind blog into mystery blog into website blog into podcast blog into spanish blog in hindi blog like a boss blog like you mean it blog like medium blog like tumblr blog like quora blog like tiny buddha blog like blog like a lady blog made with react blog made with wix blog made with wordpress blog made with divi what is blog made of blog is made up of what two words near blog cool blog near me blog designers near me nail blog near me blog writers near me blog classes near me blog photographers near me blog with next js add blog to next js blog of holding blog of salt blog of oa blog of unnecessary quotation marks blog of the apa blog off meaning blog off in a bongo blog off road blog off grid living blog off white blog off meaning in hindi blog sign off examples blog sign off blog on squarespace blog on facebook blog on instagram blog on google sites blog on wordpress blog on health and fitness blog on website opposite of blog blog out meaning blog out blog out of the box blog out of date blog out of office blog out synonym how to layout a blog blog outside outdoor blog post inside outside blog amanda outside blog jill outside blog just outside blog steven outside blog hailey outside blog blog over 40 blog over 50 blog over the moon blog over 60 blog over 50 feeling 40 blog over blog over geld blog over pmu blog post outline blog post template google docs blog post length blog pro for magento 2 blog pro umno blog pro bn blog pro amasty blog pro astra blog pro 2.0 template blog pro anwar blog pro pakatan harapan science blog blog through google blog through shopify blog through squarespace blog through the gaps blog through blog through mobile phone blog through text blog through word blog with blogger passing thru blog blog till barn blog till the cat benjamin till blog cherry till blog claire till blog blog markus till blog till westermayer synonym till blog blog to book blog to watch blog to make money blog to read blog to book service blog to book shutterfly blog to pdf blog to social blog towards data science blog on cruelty towards animals attitude towards blog blog under construction