Politicians really can stoop to new lows in the fight to save the Euro.
Peace in Europe could be shattered if the euro collapses, the German leader Angela Merkel said today.
Christ on a crutch. How crass.
As EU leaders gathered for their second emergency summit in four days, she stunned diplomats by saying: "No one should think that a further half century of peace and prosperity is assured. If the euro fails, Europe will fail."
And a fat rat looks like it’s leaving the sinking ship.
On top of the tensions, the sense of turmoil was fuelled by reports from Rome - quickly denied - that prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has agreed to step down because his coalition is cracking under the strain of austerity measures.
There could be good news, further down in the article.
"It isn't. And that's why I say if the euro fails, Europe will fail, and that mustn't happen."
I live in hope.