The poor Germans, still suffering from starting and losing a war...
Italy and, to a lesser degree, spain were liabilities for Hitler. Now, a worthless army of yesteryear has been replaced by a failing economy in each country. Germans are being forced to pay high taxes and work for more years (than folks in those countries, to name just two)...which might be considered continued war reparations.
The recent bailout of bungled economies and banks in Europe is a fine example of the saying “it’s easier to get forgiveness than permission”. Many lived a nice life on borrowed money...and now get more...from folks that have been industrious and thrifty...and stupid.
This is summed up in one Daily Mail Headline:
“Italy claims second victory over Germany in 24 hours
after Euro leaders hammer out bail-out deal against Merkel's wishes’”
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.