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August 2, 2015

The German Menace

The EU was created to expand democracy, boost economic growth, and contain Germany within a democratic whole. Instead, it is destroying democracy, crushing growth, and leaving Germany's most churlish impulses to rule Europe. A recent New Yorker profile of the former Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, quotes him as saying, "There are times when you say, 'I'm not going to sign something I disagree with. And stuff the consequences.'" People all over Europe are expressing just those sentiments. Unlike World Wars I and II, the destruction being wrought by Germany is not military. But it is just as poisonous and more insidious. Before it is over, one of history's noblest experiments in enlightened statecraft -- the project of European union -- could end in ruins.

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