I wouldn’t usually bother to defend a newspaper but the Daily Express came in for some flak on the radio this morning because of its front page, which the presenter threw cold water on. This is it:
Unfortunately the DE is right although, strictly speaking, it was Merkel who made the outrageous warning. It formed part of her speech made prior to the leaders’ summit as she gave reasons why the euro must survive.
Merkel abandoned her usual cautious rhetoric warned outright of a war… “Nobody should take for granted another 50 years of peace and prosperity in Europe. They are not for granted. That’s why I say: If the euro fails, Europe fails,” Merkel said, followed by a long applause from all political groups.
“We have a historical obligation: To protect by all means Europe’s unification process begun by our forefathers after centuries of hatred and blood spill. None of us can foresee what the consequences would be if we were to fail.”
Here’s some related reading that gives a fairly good overview of the bigger picture:
EU quietly seeks sweeping new legal powers
Germany makes Greece pay with sovereignty for new bail-out
Nazi jokes: Cartoons/art point at revived historical enmity
Riot Police deployed + barbed wire fencing erected on roads surrounding EU Council in Brussels
Brutal gamble to let others take the pain
Interesting photos: Cold shoulder for Cameron & fist fight in Italian Parliament
EP votes for 5.2% budget increase
EP votes to freeze expenses rather than cut
Clegg’s wife rewarded with EU trade chief job
The next thing to look out for is the wrangling over treaty change and the sneaky methods that will be employed to present any change as “limited” and therefore avoid the need for a referendum.
UPDATE: Archbishop Cranmer has an excellent post with lots of extra detail.