Various interpretations of EU's role

EurActiv: "In an interview to be broadcast ahead of an EU summit next week, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso says expelling a country from the euro zone, as suggested by German Chancellor Merkel, would be against EU treaty rules."

"Merkel wants possibility to exclude members of the Euro zone" from Main focus of eurotopics.net

"Merkel's proposal un-European" from Les Echos, France.

"Chancellor's ill-considered threat against Greece" from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany.

"Betrayal of the European idea" from Eleftherotypia, Greece.

"Germany must continue in key role for EU" from Corriere della Sera, Italy.

I am trying to figure out what is going on in Europe in the wake of the Greek debacle. Many seem bent on a federal Europe from the articles above but Angela Merkel follows the old Europe below our constitutional court rule. The Germans can apparently think in terms of an IMF intervention in Greece rather than forming an EMF which would have rendered a federal touch to Europe.

Is Merkel seeing something here that others don't see? The Lisbon Treaty hardly did not start until Germany is beginning to suggest future changes of the treaty situation. It could also be a type of courtship where Merkel, and Germany, is playing hard to get in order to get more power and popularity. From the article titles above it is possible to glean a leadership role for Germany in Europe. However, Angela Merkel might be saying no at a very important historic moment?

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