It’s not all about us

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To­mor­row’s vote at the Ger­man Par­lia­ment on a third in­ter­na­tional bailout for Greece is a stark re­minder for those here who read­ily dis­tin­guish be­tween “good” and “evil” part­ners that Euro­pean lead­ers are obliged to de­fend their own na­tional in­ter­ests, have to con­sider their own par­lia­men­tary as­sem­blies, and must take into ac­count the opin­ion of their own peo­ple. Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel has more rea­sons than Greece’s left­ist Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras to be con­cerned about the out­come of the Ger­man vote in light of pop­u­lar op­po­si­tion to the Greek res­cue deal. Other Euro­pean lead­ers are faced with sim­i­lar skep­ti­cism. It is a ma­jor fal­lacy to think that oth­ers are there to sim­ply act on Greece’s de­mands.

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