Use­ful id­iots

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY COSTAS IORDANIDIS

and then ask for your sup­port” in ref­er­ence to coun­tries that have re­quired bailouts. He came un­der fire from Span­ish and Ital­ian Euro MPs, as well as from the Por­tuguese lead­er­ship, yet Di­js­sel­bloem did not back down or apol­o­gize for his com­ments. Even a spokesper­son for the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion ap­peared crit­i­cal, and for­mer Ital­ian premier Mat­teo Renzi called for his res­ig­na­tion as Eurogroup head. Ger­man Fi­nance Min­is­ter Wolf­gang Schaeu­ble, how­ever, thought it ap­pro­pri­ate to in­stead talk about his ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the work done by his Dutch coun­ter­part at the helm of the body that de­ter­mines eco­nomic pol­icy in the eu­ro­zone. The Dutch are ob­vi­ously not the use­ful id­iots of this era. They are hard­work­ing, in­tel­li­gent peo­ple who, how­ever, did not ap­pre­ci­ate Di­js­sel­bloem’s con­tri­bu­tion to the eu­ro­zone, as is ev­i­dent by his party’s abysmal per­for­mance in last week’s gen­eral elec­tions. Pro­po­nents of the mob men­tal­ity the­ory will prob­a­bly ar­gue that this just a sign of im­ma­tu­rity. Sim­i­larly, Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy re­sulted in a boost for the new far-right and for lib­eral Prime Min­is­ter Mark Rutte be­ing able to main­tain his ma­jor­ity only af­ter adopt­ing the agenda of his main ad­ver­sary and es­ca­lat­ing, with­out rea­son, the ten­sion with Turkey. Ger­many’s per­for­mance may be ad­mirable when

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