Monday, March 2, 2009

Through the Looking Glass...

. Monday, March 2, 2009

1. The Financial Times wrote: "The summit was called to reaffirm core EU principles, such as avoidance of protectionism and solidarity ... in the face of a crisis that is putting the bloc’s unity under severe pressure."

What they really said: Angela Merkel said: "We cannot compare Slovakia and Slovenia with Hungary,” referring to two countries that are to some extent sheltered from the financial crisis by being members of the 16-nation eurozone." Even East Europeans don't want to be lumped in with Eastern Europe:
“When it comes to any specific plans for eastern Europe, we don’t need those plans,” said Mikolaj Dowgielewicz, Poland’s EU affairs minister.

Not exactly "Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno," now is it?

2.
The Financial Times wrote: "European Union governments vowed on Sunday to conquer the financial crisis and recession gripping their economies by extending help to beleaguered eastern European states."

What they really said: “We help countries in need and we will do so further, particularly through international institutions,” Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, told reporters.
Translation: Go to the IMF. Yeah, that's going to help.

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