German taxpayers = useful idiots
Tyler Durden highlights a Wikileaked cable from the US ambassador to Germany (dated 12 Feb 2010) telling Washington that the German government is trying to hide from its own people the fact that they are going to be soaked to pay for Greece’s profligacy. Excerpt:
2. (C) Prior to the February 11 EU Summit in Brussels, there was much hair pulling in Berlin over the wisdom of participating in some sort of Greek rescue. No one savored the idea of explaining to German taxpayers, already concerned about Germany’s record deficit, that they would be footing the bill for the irresponsible behavior of another country. A Finance Ministry official explained to us that many Germans felt disgusted by the situation in Greece: “While Germans have spent the past decade tightening their belts and improving their competitiveness, Greek civil servants still earn 14 months’ salary per year.” A recent editorial in the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) asked rhetorically whether Germans would need to work until age 69 just to finance early retirement for Greek workers. With important upcoming elections in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, bailing out Greece would not be a vote winner.
Congratulations, Germans. Your Eurocratic elites sold you down the river.