sysyphus wrote:I mean look at Angela Merkel. My personal feeling is that the only reason the chancellor remains stubbornly committed to a unified Europe
May I point out that Hitler also was committed to unified Europe under German rule.
and by extension continues to bail out countries like Greece
Greece hasn't been bailed out. It as deeply in debt as ever. What has been receiving bailouts are the large European banks, especially German banks. Merkel has been fairly successful in finding helpful dimwitted fools from other countries, so that whole bill would not be paid by German taxpayers.
who have only themselves to blame
They have plenty to blame on their own behaviour, but for nothing more than for the decision to join this ill-conceived currency union in the first place. Currency union that is trimmed to serve German interests. When Germany had problems in the previous decade, the monetary policy offered them support (the economic and property bubbles in the European periphery it helped to generate were of no concern). Now that that periphery is deeply depressed, keeping German inflation down is the only real concern.
It's as if the Germans feel they own rest of Europe
Fixed that for you.