It looks like the Wops and the Krauts are having a set too over the appalling state of the Eurozone economies. It is not often that you will find me siding with Krauts but when it comes to paying the bills of the excesses of socialism in Europe you can understand their unwillingness to bailout the indigent countries they once conquered. Of course some wag will point out that the Krauts were once overrun by the Wops, but that was when they spoke latin and marched forwards prior to learning how to march backwards rapidly:
German politicians from across the spectrum have reacted furiously to warnings by Italyâ€™s Mario Monti that Bundestag control over EU debt policies threatens to bring about the â€śdisintegrationâ€ť of the European project.
â€śWe must make it clear to Mr Monti that we Germans will not shut down our democracy to pay Italian debts,â€ť said Alexander Dobrindt, secretary-general of Bavariaâ€™s Social Christians (CSU).
Bundestag president Norbert Lammert said parliamentâ€™s integrity cannot be subordinated to the ups and downs of the markets. Free Democrat (FDP) leaders said Italyâ€™s unelected prime minister is playing with political fire by trying to circumvent democratic legitimacy.
The dispute comes as relations between Germany and Italy touch the lowest ebb since the Second World War, withÂ Il GiornaleÂ publishing a front-page picture of Chancellor Angela Merkel under the headline â€śFourth Reichâ€ť.
â€śThe tone of the debate has turned dangerous. We must be careful that Europe does not rip itself apart,â€ť said German foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle. He himself fanned the flames over the weekend, saying he was â€ścategoricallyâ€ť against further expansion of the EU rescue machinery or bond purchases by the European Central Bank. â€śI canâ€™t imagine that a majority of the Bundestag will back unlimited debt liabilities,â€ť he said.