Well, whaddaya know..? People are finally waking up to the fact that a common currency requires a common fiscal policy (duh). This being (almost) the weekend I don't feel like writing some sort of acerbic diatribe on the euro, so I'll just throw in a joke.
A man decides to finally give in to his wive's constant nagging about his old, ill-fitting clothes and heads to his tailor for a new suit. After a couple of fittings the suit is ready and the man proudly takes it home to try it on for his missus.
"Oh dear", says she. "Can't you see the left pant leg is too short?"
The man goes back to his tailor. "Eh.. just lift your leg a tiny bit and it will look OK. No sense ripping the whole thing up, no?" says the tailor. The man tries the trick and goes back to his wife.
"OK, fine... but, wait a minute, the right jacket sleeve looks too long. Take it back to the tailor." The crafty tailor, predictably enough, tells the man to just stretch his hand out a bit.. To make a long story short, a bunch of neeeded alterations are circumvented by the tailor's advice to crane his neck, throw his hip out a bit, puff his chect, etc.
As the man walks out of his tailor's shop wearing his badly-tailored suit and trying all the tricks to make the suit "fit", a street urchin takes a good look at him and cries out: "Hey wow!.. Ain't that a fine suit the gimp's wearing?"
Have a nice weekend... (and if you think that a bunch of europeans will sit down and agree on a common fiscal policy, I have a suit for you. Cheap.)