I have no real advanced understanding of economics and have had trouble making sense of the financial news, especially these past few years. One thing that has struck me as a hot topic is who has been to blame for the mess that the Euro is in. The balance of the articles I have read, (and dare probably the balance of ARRSE posts on the subject) seem to suggest it was the feckless southern Europeans with their louche attitudes to fiscal probity that have been at the heart of the problem. Recent lecturing from various German media to their southern neighbours about everything from work ethics to correct ship disembarkation drills seem to be tinged with this sense of blame. In light of all this, this recent BBC article makes interesting reading. My big question is, does anyone actually recall this being flagged up or being made an issue of at the time? BBC News - Did Germany sow the seeds of the eurozone debt crisis?