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*from the title of a review of Arthur Koestler's Arrival and Departure by Michael Foot, Evening Standard, Nov. 26, 1943.
Mar 20
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Michael Stürmer, chief correspondent of Die Welt daily, confirmed an unshaken German confidence in Ireland’s prospects that combines idealism about the island with a nuanced understanding of the “very specific reasons” of the economic crisis.

Recent tensions in the debate between the two countries, he said, derived from a mutual failure to grasp each other’s fundamental national trauma: emigration in Ireland and German fear of inflation.

“For Ireland, being driven out rather than being able to live on the land is a collective instinct, much as we Germans believe that having solid money in our pockets is important for our self-respect,” he said.

Ireland should seize chance to execute ideas learnt abroad, Berlin forum hears 

Huh. I have my doubts about the idea of national psychologies, but this is interesting… and kinda positive?

irish politics
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  1. burndownthedisco said: i don’t know about “collective instinct,” but i think it’s true that germans are afraid of inflation, and for good reason. see the aftermath of WWI, for starters.
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