<B>Southern Europe lies prostrate before the German imperium</B> By Charles Moore 8:54PM GMT 22 Mar 2013 We have heard enough lies, the Germans are saying haughtily to the Cypriots, now shut up and do what we want. Yesterday, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, ordered that âCyprus must realise that its business model is deadâ. Television footage this week has been of weeping, angry crowds in Nicosia and Limassol, but the crowds that matter are the ones that have not taken to the streets in Berlin or Munich or Hamburg. They get their next vote in the German general election in September. They dislike shelling out for what they see as feckless Mediterraneans: they detest the idea of doing so for what they see as crooked Russians. The conflict between Teuton and Slav has never ceased. Mrs Merkelâs policy for Cyprus has to be constructed round what her Teutons want. Now it is the Germansâ turn to exercise an imperium. Their re-entry into the comity of nations has been based on the idea that they are peaceful, law-respecting, internationalist, politically vegetarian. They support an ever-closer European Union because they want to be a âEuropean Germanyâ to avoid a âGerman Europeâ. But as they have grown stronger, their love of rules has turned into an instrument of their power. We are good European citizens, the Germans argue, and we have done well. So the answer is for everyone in the eurozone to behave just like us and they will do well too. One size must fit all, and that size is made in Germany. What the Germans leave out of account is that the single currency which, for them, is artificially low in international value is, for most of the rest of the eurozone, punitively high. What helps them crushes others. After victory in 1945, Churchill broadcast that Germany âlies prostrate before usâ. Today, most of southern Europe lies prostrate before Germany. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...ies-prostrate-before-the-German-imperium.html Sieg Heil! Mission Accomplished, Fuhrer.