"An example must be made of Athens, that this euro zone can show teeth". "Everyone has to leave Mom at some point and that time has come for the Greeks."
Alexander Dobrindt, General secretary of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party to Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU):
"I'm convinced that there is no way to avoid a Greek exit from the euro zone." He added: "I see Greece outside the euro zone in 2013."
The two representatives of the German CSU are of course telling the truth. But in Germany, as well as in most other countries, politicians who dare challenge the "official" truth are not tolerated. Chancellor Angela Merkel - and a great number of other German politicians from left to right - have severely criticized the "heretic" Bavarians:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday reprimanded a politician from her coalition for saying European Central Bank President Mario Draghi was on the way to becoming the "currency forger of Europe" and that a Greek exit from the euro zone was unavoidable.
It was a swipe at Alexander Dobrindt, the general secretary of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party to Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Dobrindt had told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper in an interview published on Sunday: "I'm convinced that there is no way to avoid a Greek exit from the euro zone." He added: "I see Greece outside the euro zone in 2013."
He criticized Draghi's proposal to set an upper limit for bond yields of ailing euro-zone nations, saying it was an attempt to "finance debt countries through the back door" and accusing him of misusing the ECB as a "bucket wheel" to shift "money from the stable north of Europe to the deficit-ridden south."
Dobrindt's CSU is preparing for a regional election in Bavaria and the general election in autumn 2013. He and other senior CSU members as well as politicians around Europe have made provocative remarks on Greece in recent weeks in what political rivals have slammed as cheap populism aimed at winning votes.
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