[Marxism] Fwd: Greece and a German Ahab

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 17 06:23:40 MDT 2015

Schäuble, unperturbed, might have been fully satisfied at the amazing 
success in defeating the Communists – and any socialist ideas. But nine 
days after GDR annexation was finalized on October 3 1990 two bullets 
fired by a mentally deranged man paralyzed him from his waist down, 
forcing the use of a wheelchair. Nine years later he was exposed for 
illegally accepting secret envelopes with large bribes for his party 
from a notorious weapons-dealer. But, always tough, he defied the 
consequences of both events and remained powerful. Hopes of becoming 
chancellor were dashed but he came back, first as powerful Minister of 
Interior and in 2009, even bigger, as Minister of Finance. Working 
closely with Angela Merkel, he keeps pushing for  wage and job 
uncertainty in the labor market, keeping German exports strong, and step 
by step achieving central power in the European Union, with Merkel as a 
sort of motherly “good cop” (the concealed firearm only rarely visible) 
while Schäuble, the bad cop  and main spokesman for ruinous pressures on 
southern Europe only occasionally used a bitter, sardonic sarcasm to 
augment his brutal message.

full: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/17/greece-and-a-german-ahab/

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