Polish Minister "Demands" Germany Save the Eurozone

Published by carolyn on Tue, 2011-11-29 17:40

by Carolyn Yeager

In a display of Polish chutzpah that never ceases to amaze, even though it's certainly common enough, Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski said today in a speech delivered at the German Society for Foreign Affairs in Berlin:

  "I demand of Germany that, for your own sake and for ours, you help it (the euro zone) survive and prosper. You know full well that nobody else can do it."

"For Poland's sake" is what he means -- Poland being always interested only in their own welfare, selsom showing concern for anyone else's. Poles have in common with Jews a survival strategy of presenting themselves as victims who should always be on the receiving end of any bargain or agreement. Sikorski also said:

"I will probably be the first Polish foreign minister in history to say so, but here it is: I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity,"

Poland is not even in the Eurozone, having become euro-skeptical since the currency's difficulties began. But that doesn't stop Germany's Eastern neighbor from taking center-stage in front of the media and demanding responsibility and risk from Germany that it refuses to offer from itself. Now, suddenly, the German strength is a good thing ... if it is used to protect the rest of Europe from having to face itself and it's past honestly. He made it clear:

"The biggest threat to the security of Poland would be the collapse of the Eurozone."

Poland has voiced support for jointly issued eurobonds backed by all eurozone members (even though it is not one). Such eurobonds would lower the borrowing costs of troubled countries like Italy, which saw its 3-year bond yield surge to nearly 8% during a Tuesday auction of 7.5 billion euros ($10 billion) worth of government bonds, while it would raise the borrowing cost for Germany, and also steal from German taxpayers. But that's okay because, as Sikorski also lectured the Germans:

...because of your size and your history you have a special responsibility to preserve peace and democracy on the continent. Jurgen Habermas has wisely said that "If the European project fails, then there is the question of how long it will take to reach the status quo again. Remember the German Revolution of 1848: When it failed, it took us 100 years to regain the same level of democracy as before.”

Jurgen Habermas is a Socialist, as are most who are pushing hardest for a European Federation in which national sovereignty becomes a thing of the past. Radek Sikorski, who points to Germany's size when it is holding a good chunk of German ancestral land as it's own,  is a typical son of Poland.


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