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Hi there,

 

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While reading an article http://www.economist.com/node/21560269 I could not comprehend the following style:

 

How she must resent sacrificing German wealth, only to be portrayed as a Nazi in some of the very countries she is trying to rescue.

 

Can you elucidate it, please.

asked Aug 20 '12 at 01:44 Az Kad New member

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But Lewis, I guess you must lead a sheltered life in Arkansas ... or more likely, spent too much time in the hot summer sun.

 

The woman is Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany. She has been the leading proponent of European austerity measures, largely because any other solution to the European debt crisis would disadvantage the German economy. Being currently the European Union's strongest and wealthiest economy, many Germans, including Merkel, question why they should pay for the overspending of governments in Greece and Spain. The austerity philosophy has managed to destablize governments in Greece and Spain, to pull the entire European Union back into recession, and might possibily result in the collapse of the Euro as a common currency.

 

Many who disagree with her economic philosophy -- including the new French president Francois Hollande, a Socialist -- have called Merkel a Nazi because of her seeming disregard for the human suffering her philosophy has caused in the PIGS countries (Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain). Unemployment has reached Depression-era levels (25+ percent) in both Spain and Greece.

 

On the other hand, Merkel honestly believes in the economic strategy she is advocating -- that the PIGS will be better off down the road if they stick with the austerity plan.

 

The sentence from the Economist captures my explanation -- albeit much more concisely.

link edited Aug 20 '12 at 03:44 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Thank you very much for your critical and useful comments.

Az KadAug 20 '12 at 04:44

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