But Can Merkel Win a Football Championship? We Didn't Think So.

All of Europe has been aflame with controversial talk....about the Euro 2012 soccer (aka football) championships. While lesser beings worry about Spain's phantom bailout today, via Anthony Peters at SwissInvest comes this picture of Irish sports fans explaining true European priorities right now.

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Heidi N. Moore is The Guardian's U.S. finance and economics editor. She was formerly the New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for Marketplace.
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I am reminded of "Invictus." Nelson Mandela knew all too well the inherent, innate power of football (soccer or rugby), and how it could galvanize a nation...why not a continent? People need creative distractions and passions so they can recharge their batteries and go back into the fray. The Euro-Zone is in a brawl for their lives. On Wall Street, we're not exactly in the bleachers. Some of our most creative thinking (and discovery) takes places when riding the bus or train, and watching sports. We lose ourselves so as to gain ourselves.
Christopher Bayer, Ph.D.

It's actually OK for the Irish to be watching footy rather than working during Euro 2012, because they won't be watching for long. If this weekend's appalling performance against Croatia is anything to go by, the Irish won't be taking much more than a smoke break from work to watch thier team play. Although I guess they might end up racking up a lot of sick time.


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