Sometimes it is not just the numbers. The human factor and historical imperatives need play their role in policy formation. For Germany and for Europe, much more is at stake than simply the balance sheet of the European Central Bank.
At Bloomberg's Business Week writers are now discouraged from using words like "but". What would the world be like without "but"? "I love you, dear," you might say. Then you would be unable to add, "But I'm marrying your sister."