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Germany Annoyed

11:18 AM, Mar 22, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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The little island of Cyprus is not behaving as other European countries desire and this, according to Bloomberg, is irritating German Chancellor Angela Merkel who “told a closed-door meeting of legislators in Berlin today that she’s annoyed the Cypriot government hasn’t been in touch with the so-called troika of international creditors for days, according to a party official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the briefing was private. Cyprus’s decision to test Europe is unacceptable, she told them.”

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

One certainly does not want to “test” Europe – whatever, in fact, “Europe” is – and one certainly does not want to irritate the leader of Germany when it is in the act of telling a smaller nation what they must do for their own good.  Best to shut up and take your haircut.

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