August 7th, 2012
03:49 AM GMT
London (CNN) – Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has lit a fuse that has sparked outrage in Germany and exposed the frayed wires that are holding Europe together.
In an interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel, Monti was quoted as saying: "The tensions that have accompanied the eurozone in the past years are already showing signs of a psychological dissolution of Europe."
He added that governments have to "educate" their parliaments as they try to reach agreement on the eurozone's future.
"If governments allow themselves to be entirely bound to the decisions of their parliament, without protecting their own freedom to act, a break up of Europe would be a more probable outcome than deeper integration."
Did Mario Monti speak a truth that dare not say its name? Do leaders need to be less beholden to parliaments if the 17-nation bloc can move as one?
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