Merkel's point man keeps to a familiar script during Irish visit

Joachim Pfeiffer sees further integration as the only way to make the rest of Europe more like Merkel's Germany, writes Jon Ihle.

14th April, 2012
Merkel's point man keeps to a familiar script during Irish visit
Dr Joachim Pfeiffer, economic policy spokesman, CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Joachim Pfeiffer sees further integration as the only way to make the rest of Europe more like Merkel's Germany.

'It will not be an easy way, it will be a hard way." It is difficult not to reach for an easy national stereotype when Joachim Pfeiffer voices this bit of familiar German wisdom in response to a question about what can be done to help heavily-indebted eurozone countries, such as Ireland, recover their economic balance.

...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly

€315

€248

Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

The year in review

Legacy Richie Oakley 11 months ago

Newsround: What Thursday’s papers say

Legacy Leanna Byrne 5 years ago

More cycle routes, expansion of Luas to Bray and new bus network proposed

Legacy Digital Desk 5 years ago