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Spiegel Bemoaning ‘Germanophobia’

There is no doubt Germanophobia exists, look at Greece, at Italy, even Ireland.
A protester in front of the Greek parliament holds up a poster depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a Nazi.

A protester in front of the Greek parliament holds up a poster depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a Nazi.
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It appears that the Germans have been expecting to be forgiven for those memorable years 1933-1945, especially when considering all the goodness and stability Germany has been spreading around the continent. But the continent is refusing to be grateful, and have become quite insolent, in fact. Germany’s push for austerity during the ongoing euro crisis has prompted Nazi depictions of Chancellor Angela Merkel in many parts of Southern Europe and mass demonstrations pushing the same idea, namely that today’s Germany is pursuing the same old targets, using economic means.

This weekend, Spiegel interviewed Brendan Peter Simms, a professor of the History of International Relations in the Center of International Studies at Cambridge University, asking poignantly: “People talk of a Fourth Reich, and the hatred is palpable. Is this just absurd dramatics, or is it a reaction to a true power shift in Germany’s favor?”

Prof. Simms enlightened Spiegel’s editors—and their German readers—on the fact that the “German question” is still very much on everybody’s mind in Europe, despite the German reunification, and perhaps because of it.

“There is no doubt Germanophobia exists,” said Simms. “Look at Greece, at Italy, even Ireland, a country that has never before expressed hostility toward Germany, but which is now full of anger over increasingly painful cuts to its standard of living, an anger that comes from people feeling they have been hung out to dry. Then, of course, there is also anti-German sentiment that stems from World War II, for example in Greece.”

According to Simms, the problem starts with German politicians who tend to emphasize almost exclusively the poor conduct of the countries at the periphery of the EU, insisting that those countries change this conduct as a prerequisite for changing the EU’s political structure.

“By taking this position, they’re failing to recognize that this poor conduct was in part a result of a design flaw in the way the euro was implemented, which led to the countries at Europe’s periphery being flooded with new, cheap money… My fear is that Germany’s policies on this point consist solely of setting the European periphery conditions it can’t fulfill.”

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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3 Responses to “Spiegel Bemoaning ‘Germanophobia’”

  1. Why would anyone ever be afraid of a screaming goose stepping German man with jackboots?

  2. Jane Smith says:

    That’s an excellent article. I don’t know what to do though, because Greece, Italy, Spain & Ireland are all bringing the Euro down. That is not Deutchland’s fault. Also, Germany is the least of the new Arabic/European wave of anti-Jewish hatred. Look at Greece right now for instance. The rising party in Greece is Golden Dawn, which, despite it’s name, IS a REAL Nazi party.

  3. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    As a son of Shoah survivors, time to speak out! Germany has come a long way in pushing reforms, containing hatred and apologizing and making amends for the horrors of their parents and grandparents that belonged to the nazi movement.

    Today, Germany is on of Israel's strongest friends and largest trading partners. Reparations aside, Germany has routinely aided Tzahal in attaining weapons systems imperative to the needs of the State, including the full Dolphin class of submarines, destroyers, and missile cruisers!

    All that while the BULK of the rest of Eurabia still lives in the Eurabia of the Shoah era: Ireland continues to push – at a government level – the extermination of the Jewish State; Sweden, Norway and Iceland provide most of the funding for so-called NGOs like the "New Israel Fund" and ACRI whose stated is the demise of Judaism; The Dutch, still pissed that they didn't succeed in exterminating all their Jews, have repeatedly tried to make Judaism illegal;France, which happily gave over Jewish school children, last week honored a mass murderer of Jews in a public ceremony; the ottomans, who sided with hitler, again are at the forefront of the islamist push to end the existence of all Jews; and the Scots happily exchanged a mass murderer of mainly Jewish university students on Pan Am 103 for a few barrels of oil. The list goes on.

    ONLY the Germans have changed their way and made humanity their core push, and by doing so building the strongest economy on the Continent. There Spiegel is right: the eurabian states that have for decades played santa clause to the laziest of their societies now must pay the bills due! (Sound familiar? obama is pushing the US in the same direction). And only Germany, that has shown prudence and foresight, has the money to bail them out. And for that they are attacked – solely because they refused to run a nany "we all deserve it and don't have to work for it" society.

    Merkel and Germany should take what their attackers are saying to heart: shut off the spigot and let them fend for themselves. They created their mess and Germany is under NO obligation to bail them out.

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