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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

Analysis: Brussels takes heavy hand in euro crisis


BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union, never known for its light touch, is pushing through the euro crisis with an unusually heavy hand. Surprisingly, few people seem to be complaining.

Brussels — and the leaders of the EU’s two most powerful countries — have come close to ordering that a government of national unity be formed in Greece, that a national referendum there be scrapped, and that Italy accept humiliating international financial inspection of its books.

But voters in those beleaguered member states seem weary for now of politics and the fine mess their elected leaders have gotten them into. They’ve looked over the precipice and seem to have decided just for the moment to forego politics, ballot-going and little quibbles over sovereignty.

The normally fiercely independent-minded people of Greece and Italy — both countries in dire trouble over their sovereign debts — seem willing to accept as their new prime ministers technocrats who are veterans of pan-European institutions with reputations for meddling in national affairs.



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