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Germany is allergic to power

Germany looks strong only because other European countries are so weak

By Josef Joffe   October 2015

Members of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party wear masks depicting members of the German goverment and burn mock euro notes in Berlin. © EPA/PAUL ZINKEN

It is bailout number three for Greece. The fourth will follow unless Europe—make that Germany—forgives half or more of Athens’s unpayable debt. Forgiveness from Germany, that cruel disciplinarian? Of course. Berlin will agree to the inevitable “haircut,” as…

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