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Sunday, May 19, 2013

How often can you say both a Frenchman and a German are right about something?

2cents* emails to point out this delightful bit of shadenfreude:

A war of words has broken out in Europe between Francois Hollande's socialist party in France and the Christian Democrats led by Angela Merkel in Germany. The split between the two nations has become so bitter that some papers are suggesting the allies may be "heading for divorce."

The spat began last week when the French socialists leaked a draft of a party policy paper which attacked the "selfish intransigence of Mrs Merkel." The 21 page paper argued that England and Germany were responsible for the problems in Europe and were pushing right-wing politics of "deregulation, deindustrialisation and disintegration."
Perhaps the most strident quote from the socialist paper reads "The [EU] community project is now scarred by an alliance of convenience between the Thatcherite accents of the current British prime minister – who sees Europe only as à la carte and about rebates – and the selfish intransigence of Chancellor Merkel who thinks of nothing else but the savings of depositors in Germany, the trade balance recorded in Berlin and her electoral future."
In response to the French criticism, German Vice-Chancellor Phillip Rösler leaked German reports which gave a scathing assessment of the French economy. One report titled "France: Europe’s biggest problem child" criticized Hollande for not doing enough to reform French structural problems. Another report described France as having the "highest tax and social security burden in the euro zone" paired with the "second lowest annual working time."
Get the popcorn.  This is what happens when you run out of other people's money.  How do you say "shadenfreude" en francais?  I think that it's "salles boches".

* Not sure why he didn't post this himself, it's extra tasty!  I even stole the post title from his email.


Old NFO said...

Yep, the rats are trying figure out how to desert the sinking EU ship...

knottedprop said...

The French are not happy as their subsidies for farming and manufacturing at the expense of the UK and Germany have begun to dry up and gone to Eastern Europe. Their economy has been a parasite bleeding Europe dry for 50 years.

Rufus King said...

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TOTWTYTR said...

Maybe this time when the Panzers start warming up on the Deutsch - Franco border, the British will just sit back with their popcorn and watch the festivities.

Remember that the Champs Elysees is tree lined because German soldiers prefer to march in the shade. ;)

instinct said...

All I can say is this

Angus McThag said...

Schadenfruede in French?

Just like "don't shoot" you say it in German.