German largesse was being exploited by the feckless subjects of Europe’s periphery, and Angela Merkel’s job was to stop it: this was the narrative of the euro crisis advanced by the top-selling German tabloid Bild.
In June 2012, that narrative was again on show, this time provoked by Ireland. (Unusually, the tone this time was good-humoured.) Across the front page was a photo of a group of Irish fans at the...
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