It’s been a little while since a German chancellor spoke this way:
Peace should not be taken for granted if the euro fails, German chancellor Merkel told MPs Wednesday (26 October) ahead of the eurozone summit where an increase of the bail-out fund firepower may lead to Germany’s own state assets being taken as collateral.
In a dark blue jacket reflecting the mood in and about the eurozone, Merkel abandoned her usual cautious rhetoric warned outright of a war.
“Nobody should take for granted another 50 years of peace and prosperity in Europe. They are not for granted. That’s why I say: If the euro fails, Europe fails,” Merkel said, followed by a long applause from all political groups.
Having cannibalized their national military forces to subsidize growingly unaffordable social programs, they’d have to go at with plowshares and pitchforks, prolly.
Which, “Peace in our time,” and so on.
Europe just chose a unique way of getting there.