BERLIN, March 20 (Reuters) – For three years, the euro zone
crisis has played out according to a familiar pattern: German
Chancellor Angela Merkel took a rock-hard line towards
struggling southern states only to buckle at the last minute and
offer aid when disaster threatened.
No longer. With Cyprus, a tiny Mediterranean island that for
Berlin exemplifies much of what is rotten with Europe’s currency
bloc, this pattern may be finally breaking down.