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Europe and Greece Are at War Over Nothing

Europe's dispute with Greece is less over principles than semantics.

What does Germany want from them?

Photographer: ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images

Even by the demanding standards of European dysfunction, the continuing standoff between Greece and the other euro countries is impressive. On substance, the distance between the two sides has narrowed almost to nothing -- yet the stalemate and the risk of a new financial crisis drag on as if it were vast. The EU is staking the future of its monetary union not on principles but on semantics.

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