Germans, Fischer added, have been willing to back previous bailouts for Greece, but had the feeling that the money had gone no where.
“There are many cultural differences at play here, including the fact that we Germans hate uncertainty. We invent a DIN Norm (or standard) for everything, including chairs, to ensure they will fit under tables, we like that certainty so much. That love of certainty means I always turn up at a meeting on time. So we don’t like throwing money at something not knowing where it’s going.”,
Artur Fischer, the joint CEO of the Berlin Stock Exchange, ao Guardian.
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«The German tabloid quotes a top German diplomat who explains why the US is so flummoxed over why Greece – which after all has an economy about the size of Tennessee’s – is considered such a headache in Europe.
“Viewed from Washington, it’s to do with keeping on feeding a cute little animal with peanuts,” the diplomat said.
It goes on to quote German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, who said yesterday that:
“I offered to my friend Jack Lew (his US counterpart) that we would take Puerto Rico into the Eurozone, if the USA took Greece into the Dollar Union. He thought I was joking”.