“Maps are not for eternity,” said Wilfried Scharnagl, 73, the author of “Bavaria Can Also Go It Alone.” He is fond of pointing out that few would have expected a free Estonia 25 years ago. “The Czechs and the Slovaks live peacefully as neighbors,” Mr. Scharnagl said.
Bavaria is the victim of what Mr. Scharnagl calls “a double transfer union.” Long before they began bailing out Greeks, Portuguese and Irish, the Bavarians were bailing out the weaker states of their own country. As Germany is to Europe, Bavaria is to Germany: richer, more competitive and reluctant to keep footing the bill for the laggards.
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