Zahlmeister entpuppt sich als Milchmädchen

The UK’s Daily Express daily feeds Brexiteers with eye-popping revelations about the imminent implosion of the EU .  One soon learns not to put one’s money on those.  But the unearthing of a 2year old CEP report  caught my attention. It’s got some eye-popping numbers relevant to Germany’s idea of it’s position in Europe : The paymaster. But without the control.

Drinking hard for Europe

manager-magazin.de   2009   Deutsche Milliarden für die EU

No Strings attached?

kurier.at   2012  Merkel bleibt standhaft : Kein Geld ohne  strenge Auflagen.

https://www.npd-rhein-neckar.de/deutschlandfahrt-auch-in-mannheim-ein-voller-erfolg-2/
Deutchland Über Alles

 npd-rhein-neckar.de  2012 „Wir wollen nicht Zahlmeister Europas sein“

halle-leaks.de  2017   Raus aus der korrupten Transferunion

As every other German knows,  the hard  working  Exportweltmeister  has been  Europe’s generous Zahlmeister paying through its nose for Europe, sacrificing hard earned savings to prop up the inefficiency and incontinence of all but Holland, really.

Wooden Tulips in Delft Blue Clog - Combinations • Souvenirs from Holland
Benelux Souvenir

ft.com  2020  Dutch resistance

I say every other German, as not all Sparbürger are in the habit of flattering themselves with the Zahlmeister’s Milchmädchenrechnung. Some are acutely aware how embarrassing is the idea that Germany is net-subsidising anyone  and  could be the biggest loser of the Euro game.

Deutschland opfert sich für Europa

The Plague means : needs must and one is reluctantly “paying” for now.  But the mercantilist drumbeat of sound money remains a potent force on course to sabotage the Euro.  After all, one did not want it in the first place.  And to be fair, it never made much sense as a currency. Perhaps understandably one would rather fulfil one’s true destiny and become a monolingual Switzerland?

Just follow the money…

or go digging below.


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Exportweltmeister = Zahlmeister ?   articles


https://www.welt.de   2011  Deutschland wird zum Zahlmeister Europas   Von J. Dams, M. Greive, J. Hildebrand


saechsische.de   2010    Zahlt Deutschland für halb Europa die Zeche?  Der EU-Gipfel in Brüssel hat einen dauerhaften Auffangschirm gegen die Pleite einzelner Staaten beschlossen.  Die SZ analysiert die Folgen.   Von Detlef Drewes


https://www.badische-zeitung.de   2019   Freiburger Forscher kalkulieren Kosten der EU – 137 Milliarden Euro aus Deutschland für Europa  Von Daniela Weingärtner   –   Wenn man alles zusammen nimmt, ist Deutschland der größte Finanzier der Europäischen Union. Die höchsten Summen fließen nach Griechenland und Polen.


https://www.focus.de   2021  Die Deutschen könnten die großen Verlierer dieses Spiels werden  –   Wir nähern uns dem Ende eines langen Weges immer höherer Schulden und Versprechen. Wie stets in solchen Situationen wird es zu einer Lösung kommen, die zu Verlusten führt. Aber wer wird die Verluste tragen?  Bis jetzt sieht es danach aus, dass wir Deutschen die großen Verlierer dieses Spiels sein dürften.


nw.de   2019  Zahlmeister und Profiteur:  So viel kostet und bringt Deutschland die EU –  Geld wird bald das große Streitthema in Europa:  Was darf die EU kosten – und wer zahlt die Rechnung?    Christian Kerl


bundesregierung.de   2015  Ist Deutschland der “Zahlmeister” der EU?    Wenn man die absoluten Zahlen betrachtet, führt kein Mitgliedstaat so viel Geld an Brüssel ab wie Deutschland. Im Haushaltsjahr 2014 waren es rund 26 Milliarden Euro, also rund ein Fünftel des EU-Gesamtbudgets.  Wichtig zu wissen: Davon flossen rund zwölf Milliarden Euro wieder nach Deutschland zurück – als Hilfe für strukturschwache Regionen, für die Landwirtschaft sowie für zahlreiche Ausbildungs- und Beschäftigungsprogramme.  Umgelegt auf die Kosten pro Einwohner liegt Deutschland nur auf Rang Vier der Nettozahler – hinter den Niederlanden, Schweden und Großbritannien.  Richtig ist auch: Keine andere europäische Volkswirtschaft profitiert so sehr vom EU-Binnenmarkt wie die deutsche. Fast zwei Drittel der deutschen Ausfuhren gehen in EU-Länder, und der Export in die neuen Mitgliedstaaten Mittel- und Osteuropas hat sich weitaus schneller entwickelt als die Ausfuhren in den Rest der Welt. Deutschland zahlt viel Geld in die EU ein, profitiert aber noch mehr von ihr.


ec.europa.eu   2019   Mythos: „Wir Deutsche zahlen für den Rest Europas“   –   Der Begriff der „Transferunion“ geistert seit der Schuldenkrise verstärkt als Kampfbegriff durch die deutsche Europadebatte. Deutschland sei der Zahlmeister und müsse die „Zeche“ von Griechenland und anderen EU-Staaten übernehmen, lautet der Vorwurf. Dabei ist die Stabilisierung kriselnder Euro-Staaten gelungen – auch im deutschen Interesse. Auch von den regelmäßigen Investitionen in den EU-Haushalt profitiert Deutschland.


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manager-magazin.de   2010  Euro-Krise   Warum wir nicht Zahlmeister Europas sind  – Die Bundesbürger werden derzeit gerne als “Zahlmeister” oder “Deppen Europas” bezeichnet. Was bei der Diskussion um die milliardenschweren Rettungsschirme gern übersehen wird, erläutert Vermögensverwalter Thomas Grüner in einem Gastbeitrag: Deutschland profitiert doppelt von der Euro-Krise.


tagesspiegel.de    2020    Die Mär vom Zahlmeister – Wegen des Brexit müssen die EU-Beiträge gerade neu verhandelt werden. Was wenige wissen: Die deutsche Beitragslast liegt, verglichen mit den anderen Mitgliedsstaaten, nur im Mittelfeld.  PAUL MEERKAMP  L. TOM GERNTKE


cepStudy   2019   20 Years of the Euro: Winners and Losers  An empirical study  Alessandro Gasparotti und Matthias Kullas  –  read or download here 


reaction.life    2019   Euro has boosted German prosperity and cost other European countries dear     By Iain Martin

Germany’s prosperity has received a huge boost from the euro but the impact of the single currency has been starkly negative for other members of the eurozone, a new report commissioned to mark the 20th birthday of the project has revealed.

“Twenty Years of the euro – winners and losers” is published this week by the Centre for European Policy. Dr. Matthias Kullas, Head of the Department of Economics and Fiscal Policy at the CEP, and Alessandro Gasparotti, a Policy Analyst in the Department of Economics and Fiscal Policy at the CEP, modelled the contrasting fortunes of eight key eurozone economies. They explore the consequences of the euro being undervalued for Germany and overvalued for France and struggling Italy. The results are not pretty. They conclude:

“Germany has gained by far the most from the introduction of the euro; almost € 1.9 trillion between 1999 and 2017. This amounts to around € 23,000 per inhabitant. Otherwise, only the Netherlands has gained substantial benefits from the introducing the euro.

In the first few years after its introduction, Greece gained hugely from the euro but since 2011 has suffered enormous losses. Over the whole period, the balance of € 2 billion or € 190 per inhabitant, is only just positive.

In all the other countries analysed, the euro has resulted in a drop in prosperity: €3.6trillion in France and as much as € 4.3 trillion in Italy. In France, this amounts to € 56,000 per capita and in Italy € 74,000.”

Kullas and Gasparotti claim that with the exception of 2004 and 2005, Germany has benefited every year as a result of the introduction of the single currency, especially since the euro crisis in 2011.

Aggregated over the period 1999 to 2017, the euro has led to increases in prosperity in Germany of € 1.9 trillion overall or € 23,116 per capita. Thus, out of the countries examined, Germany has gained most from the euro.”


braveneweurope.com    2018    Heiner Flassbeck zu Hans Werner Sinn’s comments on the Euro’s 20th:  “By denying any German guilt, fomenting objectively veiled resentment towards other nations, and blaming all this on the “socialists”, one kills several birds with one stone. If you do it under the cover of being an “objective academic”, it is particularly effective, because the large mass of Germans are delighted when their prejudices seem to be scientifically confirmed.”   Comment Holly01 says:  Wer Exportweltmeister bei Waren ist, der ist auch 1:1 Exportweltmeister bei Geld.”


Solvent? Who said solvent?

KantoosEconomicsBlog   2018   “The German influence is really ruinous when it comes to monetary policy, the obsession with an inadequate inflation target and the idea that the ECB’s monetary policy is highly expansionary as it is. It would be great if economists from around the world would point that out!”


blogs.lse.ac.uk   2018   Germany’s non-rebalancing of its mercantilist model    by  Patrick Kaczmarczyk

In a recent LSE blog article, Donato Di Carlo argued that Germany has ‘quietly rebalanced’ its economy since the Eurozone crisis began.Patrick Kaczmarczyk presents a different take on the topic, writing that when German policy is viewed from a more long-term perspective, there has been little in the way of meaningful rebalancing. He states that without necessary adjustments being carried out to the German economic model, the Eurozone is doomed to stagnation and potentially outright failure.


archive.mishtalk.com   9/2016  Michael Pettis Calls Surplus Trade Statements by German Finance Minister “Utter Lunacy”

“What utter lunacy. It is one thing to defend the existing surplus by pretending to believe that it was not caused by income distortions at home but rather by foreign laziness, but to say that it is German policy to grow the surplus further is outrageous. Now that they have bankrupted Europe, and developing countries are in trouble, who but the US can possibly be forced into absorbing it? If the US were ever to decide that it cannot continuing absorbing everyone else’s deficient demand at the expense of becoming more like peripheral Europe, the consequences for Germany (and China and Japan) would be devastating.”  Michael Pettis

schaueble 2016


Jenseits der Schwarzen Null


boell.de    2019   Vom Zahlmeister zum Zukunftsmeister –  Studienzusammenfassung –  Die Mehrheit der Deutschen wünscht sich ein aktiveres und kooperatives Verhalten Deutschlands in der Europäischen Union. Das ist ein zentrales Ergebnis der Studie „Vom Zahlmeister zum Zukunftsmeister – Ein neues Selbstverständnis Deutschlands in der EU“, die von der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Kooperation mit Das Progressive Zentrum durchgeführt wurde.      Johannes Hillje  und   Dr Christine Pütz


Springer 2021  Heterodox Challenges in Economics  Theoretical Issues and the Crisis of the Eurozone   by Sergio Cesaratto

This book discloses the economic foundations of European fiscal and monetary policies by introducing readers to an array of alternative approaches in economics. It presents various heterodox theories put forward by classical economists, Marx, Sraffa and Keynes, as a coherent challenge to neo-classical theory. The book underscores and critically assesses the analytical inconsistencies of European economic policy and the conservative nature of the current European governance. In this light, it examines the political obstacles to proposals to reform the European monetary union, as well as those originating in the neo-mercantilist German model. Given its scope and format, the book offers a valuable asset for researchers and members of the general public alike.                                            read more of this Springer book here


theconversation.com   The euro at 20     2019  by Barry Eichengreen  –  Why the currency’s endurance is not proof of its success  –  The euro was born with fundamental problems that have weakened it.          read GaiaMoney excerpt here


Hans-Böckler-Stiftung  Feb 2021    REFORMING THE FISCAL RULEBOOK FOR THE EURO AREA – AND THE CHALLENGE OF OLD AND NEW PUBLIC DEBT      by Jan Priewe


twelvestars.eu   2019  The Euro-Dividend  The EU should pay a modest basic income to every legal resident of the European Union or the eurozone, financed by the value added tax.    Philippe Van Parijs                   read GaiaMoney excerpt here


Euro debt bailout


ineteconomics.org   2012   Germany should not pay for the bankruptcy of Europe, at least according Hans-Werner Sinn, head of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.  “If debtors cannot repay, creditors should bear the losses,” Sinn argues in an op-ed in yesterday’s New York Times. He further states that “It is unfair for critics to ask Germany to bear even more risk” in helping to resolve problems in Europe.  What Sinn presents is a neat ethical dream in which all parties are held responsible for their actions. The trouble is this dream does not face up to political reality.


Harald Schuman  “The Secret Bank Bailout” German TV Award 2013  watch you tube video


Second documentary about the Euro-crisis by Arpad Bondy and Harald Schumann, “The Trail of the Troika”.


fivebooks.com  ECONOMIC HISTORY  The best books on Economic Nationalism  recommended by Fredrik Erixon  Interview by Benedict King
Economic nationalism is more than just protectionism, it is rooted in a view of the national economy as a unique national phenomenon that needs protecting. As economist Fredrik Erixon explains, its roots are to be found as much in the progressive nationalism of Woodrow Wilson as they are in 19th century Prussia or the mercantilism of 17th century Europe.

The best books on Economic Nationalism - Mercantilism by Eli F. Heckscher   The best books on Economic Nationalism - Nationalism by Elie Kedourie   The best books on Economic Nationalism - The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 by Adam Tooze

The best books on Economic Nationalism - Economic Nationalism in Old and New States by Harry G. Johnson   The best books on Economic Nationalism - The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era by Barry Eichengreen

“Perhaps it’s difficult to pin down economic nationalism and make it a unique idea in itself. It is directly linked to protectionism and mercantilism. Others have different views, but my conclusion is that we need to look at economic nationalism in the same way as we look at nationalism. Economic nationalism is an offspring from nationalism, not from textbook thinking about the economy and what is best for prosperity. And that means the core idea of nationalism is equal to the core idea of economic nationalism as well. Just because you want to raise tariffs on other countries’ goods, that doesn’t necessarily make you an economic nationalist—a protectionist, yes, but not necessarily an economic nationalist.

It’s the same with currencies. I don’t want my mother country, Sweden, to join the euro, but that doesn’t make me an economic nationalist, because the reason I don’t want Sweden to join has nothing to do with me finding the Swedish currency unique, or it representing values that are unique to Sweden. It’s more to do with my thinking that the pricing of Swedish factor markets would be incorrect under the euro and it would lead to imbalances in the economy.”


springer.com/ 2019 Das Ende der Selbstfesselung – Deutsche Außenpolitik in einer Welt ohne Führung von Stefan Fröhlich


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