Germany Should Stop Killing the New Deutsche Mark
50 Deutsche Mark note

There is a strong ongoing crisis in terms of the possibility that Greece will exit the Eurozone.  The German government and the German finance minister in particular, seem to accept that the Eurozone is a unity. Or do they? In my opinion that era belongs to the past, it seems more like an old black and white family photo put between old books covered by dust. 

Unfortunately the –so called- experts in Brussels cannot accept the fact that once a member of a family is sick or in need of medicine and help he must be taken care of. We cannot throw them out on the street. A family is a union, and a union stops being one once a member of it leaves it or is made to leave it. 

It’s a fact that Germany sacrificed it’s beloved Deutsche Mark in 1999 in order to help the creation of a new idea-the Euro. Germany did this voluntarily without forgetting the possible gains of that experiment. The Euro as a currency helped the economies of the Eurozone to develop in great numbers concerning investments, trade and quality of life. It has also been considered as a way of more intensive integration among the EU-member states.

However, Germany is not eager to hear about the extraordinary expenses that came up. We are not Gods. We cannot create perfect things. In this context, striving for perfection means being able to fix the imperfections of a proved problematic situation. The situation being the inflexibility of the Eurozone in the face of a crisis that nobody would have expected a few years ago. Germany and the rest of the Eurozone member-states should understand that there is no point in pressuring Greece to the edge of  immediate bankruptcy or a long-term bankrupted alternative.  Greece has to pay its debts but there should be a plan that will let the country  be reconstructed and have the chance to get back on its feet.

We all thank Germany for the Deutsche Mark’s strong foundations that the Euro was built on. Nonetheless, Germany should understand that in a family we solve the upcoming problems through dialogue and flexibility. There is no point in creating a de facto Euro exit procedure that may also be used for other countries in the near future. 

Edited by: Dina Rokic