Some may speak of a "European dream," but when the EU's supposed welfare and social justice is apparently just a flimsy facade for corporate welfare and bailouts of irresponsible bankers, it seems that this "dream" is, in fact, a nightmare.
On Saturday, European officials stunned Cypriots (and many others) by announcing a rescue package for their country that involves a levy on all bank deposits. The news is spreading far and wide, causing quite a bit of controversy in the process.
The big euro news this weekend is playing out in Cyprus where the newly-elected government agreed to a 10 billion euro bailout. One of the conditions of the bailout is a controversial one-off tax of 9.9% on all bank deposits of more than 100,000 Euros. This news was met with disbelief.
Does this mean that the German chancellor comes closer to CDU heavyweights who have been vocally pro-Turkish membership, such as Ruprecht Polenz, Chariman of the Bundestag's Committee on Foreign Affairs, and gets ready to be challenged by others within?