The Telegraph said:
To grasp how Germans feel about being the focus of expectation in the maelstrom of the euro crisis, Der Spiegel’s bestseller list might serve as a guide. A polemic entitled Europe Doesn’t Need the Euro holds the number one slot, written by Thilo Sarrazin, a former board member of the Bundesbank.
Nostalgia for the era when Germany had a sound national currency, immune from the feckless profligacy of other countries and issued by the mightiest central bank in Europe, was once a suppressed emotion. Today, by contrast, this sentiment is widespread.
The advent of bail-outs funded largely by German taxpayers – and the general belief in the chancelleries of Europe that Germany has a unique responsibility to “do something” to save the euro (by which they mean, pay yet more money) – causes ordinary people in Berlin to question the whole enterprise.