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Eurozone Debt Crisis, Balkanization and the Growth of Greater Germany

 

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 [1] of Ger­many.

Wealth­i­er areas of strug­gling nations are mov­ing toward seces­sion, in some cas­es look­ing to realign with Ger­many or Aus­tria [2] 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 [3] eth­nic out­reach branch in the post­war peri­od.

“Europe Adrift (II)”; german-foreign-policy.com; 12/22/2011. [4]

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. . . .