Победители и проигравшие Европы

БЕРЛИН. Редко страна высокого полета возвращалась на землю за одну ночь, но это именно то, что недавно произошло с Германией. В футболе и политике страна воплотила неприглядную смесь высокомерия и самоотрицания. Она считала себя мерой всех европейских вещей, с точки зрения, как чемпионата Европы, так и Европейского Союза. В обоих случаях она обманывала себя.

В ту же ночь, когда сборную Германию победили итальянцы на чемпионате в полуфинале, канцлер Германии Ангела Меркель столкнулась с пределами своих полномочий на саммите лидеров еврозоны в Брюсселе. Из-за политического курса Германии, проводимого  с начала кризиса евро два года назад она очутилась в изоляции и не смогла противостоять союзу Италии, Испании и Франции.

У нее не было выбора, кроме как уступить и согласиться на далеко идущие изменения в новом финансовом пакте ЕС, которые упростят рефинансирование кризисных стран и их банков. Немецкая догма «никаких платежей без счетчика производительности и контроля», таким образом, была снята с повестки дня, и сделку заключили в начале утра с точностью до наоборот от того, что она хотела. Финансовый пакт был урезан почти до основания еще до того, как парламент Германии, Бундестаг, одобрил его в тот же день.

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