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And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe's Crisis and America's Economic Future by Yanis Varoufakis

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CHAPTER 6

THE REVERSE ALCHEMISTS

As the Iron Curtain was coming down, one movie elegantly captured the emotional impact of Europe’s postwar division, but also conveyed a brooding angst about the transforming European Union. It was Krzysztof Kieślowski’s The Double Life of Veronique (1991).

Kieślowski’s device was the overwhelming bond between two identically looking strangers, Weronika in Poland and Véronique in France (both played by Irène Jacob). Their paths cross only once, as Europe is about to be reunited. Jubilant because she has just been invited to audition for a major singing part, Weronika is rushing home through Kraków’s main piazza only to find herself in the midst of a demonstration. A protester accidentally knocks her bag over ...

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