Great Britain is causing the greatest problem–Shröder!

Britain will be blamed for the imminent Euro breakdown–that is its pre-determined role.

Never mind the billions of pounds sterling thrown towards saving the Euro!

Never mind our abandoned Commonwealth allies and friends.

Never mind our destroyed manufacturing base and international third world trading contacts! Britain is to be cast as the villain in the collapse of the Euro. Watch, wait and see!

The following quote comes from an interview former German Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder gave to Der Spiegel over the past weekend, the second portion of which was titled  “Great Britain is causing the greatest problem” it is linked here :

Schröder:….And the real problems aren’t even coming from these new member states.

SPIEGEL: Then where are they coming from?

Schröder: Great Britain is causing the biggest problem. Great Britain is not part of the euro, and yet the British always want to have their say in the design of an economic zone. This is inconsistent. And besides, the British have been very skeptical about every integration step, and that’s putting it very diplomatically.

SPIEGEL: In reality they’ve been obstructionists?

Schröder: Yes. I was originally of the opinion that Great Britain could be treated like France. But what was overlooked, also by myself, is that Great Britain still sees itself in a sort of middle position between the United States on one side and Europe on the other. In other words, it’s in an "in-between" position. And that is unacceptable.

SPIEGEL: But if nothing works with Great Britain, what role can the British play in the future?

Schröder: The decision on the concrete configuration of the economic government can only be made by members in the euro zone, and not by the Council (the powerful EU institution comprised of European national leaders) as a whole.

 

8 comments for “Great Britain is causing the greatest problem–Shröder!

  1. September 6, 2011 at 11:57 am

    That’s one heck of a massive fissure. It could mean, however, we are winning the argument against a Federal Europe and the rest of Europe’s people will have another reason to thank the Brits! 😀

  2. September 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    “Britain will be blamed for the imminent Euro breakdown.”

    Fine. I can live with that.

  3. Robert Edwards
    September 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    This country should take no lessons from Europe. The amount of blood and treasure expended here (never mind the Commonwealth) to maintain matters between France and Germany is still with us today.

    May we leave now?

  4. September 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I don’t know how much should be read into such statements. There is a tendency to blame the UK for being obstructionist, but the reality is the opposite. The British bureaucracy has been more fervent than probably any other country in the implementation of destructive orders from Brussels. They call it ‘gold-plating’, and it means taking a rediculous regulation and feeding it steroids so it is even worse and then forcing it on the British.

    It serves political agendas to portray the British government as being ‘luke-warm’, both in the rest of the EU and in order to con the British public. Anyone who pays attention knows that the British government’s only query to Brussels is; ‘how high would you like us to jump?’ and whatever answer comes back, they try to jump higher.

  5. September 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    It’s beginning to look quite positive, vis-a-vis the breakdown of the EU, probably about the time we economically collapse in the sweep which radiates out from America.

  6. Rob
    September 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Britain’s position is unacceptable? Didn’t we settle this sort of thing 66 years ago?

    Fuck off Fritz, you arrogant prick.

  7. mfosdb
    September 7, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Schroder seems to be harking back to the old arguments about the Rhineland corporatist economic model with its emphasis on Mitbestimmung, set against Anglo-Saxon market-forces capitalism. The former utilising long-term finance and employee/employer co-determination, the latter short-term profit and confrontational labour relations.

    “The decision on the concrete configuration of the economic government…”, is a revealing phrase from Schroder considering that Article 104b of the Maastricht Treaty states, “The Community shall not be liable for or assume the commitments of central governments, regional, local or other public authorities.”

    And the Bundesbank recently stated: “Unless and until a fundamental change of regime occurs involving an extensive surrender of national fiscal sovereignty, it is imperative that the no bail-out rule that is still enshrined in the treaties and the associated disciplining function of the capital markets be strengthened, and not fatally weakened.”

    In considering whether German law has been fundamentally breached by EU actions which limit the role of the German parliament in deciding how German taxpayers money is spent, the German Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe will probably bottle it and tomorrow approve the eurozone bailouts but perhaps impose restrictions on the use of the EFSF and the ESM.

  8. September 8, 2011 at 12:14 am

    “Great Britain is causing the biggest problem” Fantastic! Credit wher credit is due.

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