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The week that Europe stopped pretending – Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

On a single day, the European Commission said monetary union was in danger of “disintegration” and the European Central Bank said it was “unsustainable” as constructed…

Joschka Fischer, Germany’s former vice-Chancellor, said EU leaders have two weeks left to save the project.

“Europe continues to try to quench the fire with gasoline – German-enforced austerity. In a mere three years, the eurozone’s financial crisis has become an existential crisis for Europe.”

“Let’s not delude ourselves: If the euro falls apart, so will the European Union, triggering a global economic crisis on a scale that most people alive today have never experienced,” he said.

Mr Fischer has the matter backwards. The euro itself is the chief cause of the existential crisis he discerns. Yet he is right that three precious years have been squandered, and that Europe‘s policy mix has been atrociously misguided.

via The week that Europe stopped pretending – Telegraph.

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