France vs. Germany

There’s been a lot of talk about the state of the European Union, how a Greece’s economic woes are bringing down the entire EU economy and the Euro along with it. This is one of the Right’s fundamental problems with socialism; the prosperous support the short-sighted. But, that’s what socialism means: we support each other.

Here’s a great NPR interview:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127897649

My favorite part is when the on-air economist says, “The Germans believe in binding rules and strict discipline and punishments for those who break the rules. The French don’t really like that idea. They prefer political management, political control, government discussing their problems around the table. However, although France and Germany have very different viewpoints, they will always reach a compromise in the middle.”

Its amazing how the same fundamental fight manifests itself across epochs.

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