This is a Copy of an Article in the English Section of the German Magazine “DER SPIEGEL”
Viva la Siesta: Should Southern Europe Really Be More German?
An Essay by Max A. Höfer
In the wake of the euro crisis, Southern Europeans have increasingly traded their traditions of leisure for more work and more consumption — often at Germany’s prodding. As backlash sets in, this logic must be questioned.
Europe is groaning under German hegemony, but that isn’t something we in Germany like to hear. From the perspective of most Germans, when it comes to saving the euro, Berlin more or less selflessly comes to the aid of bankrupt euro countries by spending vast sums of money. This explains why they find it so incomprehensible when Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben proposes the creation of a sort of “Latin Empire,” consisting…
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