“Merkel’s political union,” declared one headline. “German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants German austerity to dominate the European Union,” cried another. Yet one more, with an eye to history, read, “The silent Anschluss.” These all reflected reactions to Germany’s demand for the enforcement of a fiscal union upon the eurozone.
The Anschluss was the term used to describe Nazi Germany’s annexing of Austria in 1938, the year before the world erupted into the worst war in mankind’s history. It’s rather ominous to see the term employed again in connection with a current German drive for hegemony in Europe.