COMMENT: The invaluable german-foreign-policy.com newsletter (which feeds along the bottom of the front page of this website) sheds interesting light on how the indebtedness of failing European economies plays into the hands of those who aspire to the geographical expansion  of Germany.
Wealthier areas of struggling nations are moving toward secession, in some cases looking to realign with Germany or Austria  or, in the case of oil-enriched Scotland, weakening the United Kingdom, Berlin’s main rival.
Note that both Germany and Hungary (part of the Axis in WWII) have granted citizenship to citizens of other countries who are of German and Hungarian ancestry.
This has been taking place as Hungary manifests political reaction similar to that of the fascist Arrow Cross organization that allied with Hitler in World War II and the Republican Party’s  ethnic outreach branch in the postwar period.
EXCERPT: Under the pressure of the Euro crisis, secessionist conflicts — some directly supported by Berlin — are escalating in various European countries. Italy is most affected, where the country’s more prosperous regions seek to secede from the nation, to escape Berlin’s austerity dictate. According to the reasoning, Italy’s more impoverished southern regions are responsible for the country’s enormous national debt and should therefore be the main ones to pay the price. Secessionist demands are raised particularly in the German-speaking region of South Tyrol and in the Po Valley region “Padania”. Whereas in “Padania,” prestigious elements, particularly those affiliated with the “Lega Nord” (North League), are seeking to form an independent nation, ethnic chauvinist circles in “South Tyrol” are seeking annexation by Austria. Following the pattern of both Hungary and Germany, Vienna is currently considering granting citizenship to “Austrians abroad.” Secessionist forces are also gaining ground in Great Britain. In Scotland, a referendum on the question of forming an independent country is scheduled for 2014 or 2015. Germany would be the primary beneficiary of a weakening of its British rival. . . .