“The return of the mark? I can imagine that we could see the rise of a German Tea Party focusing on precisely this issue,” says Thomas Mayer, chief economist at Deutsche Bank, referring to the conservative American political movement…
Pollsters like Matthias Jung from Forschungsgruppe Wahlen say that they can imagine the formation of a protest movement coalescing around euro-related fears. “The government has to prove that the bailouts for Greece and Ireland serve our own needs in Germany,” says Jung. “If the billions in aid are not convincingly justified, it will lead to a legitimation crisis.”
Germans are especially afraid of the specter of inflation, which haunts them from the time in the 20s when a stamp ended up costing—well, take a look:
The rapid increase in German inflation can be seen in the postage stamps that were issued during this period…In 1920 the highest valued stamp issued was for four marks. In 1923 the denominations were changing so rapidly that the post office could not design new stamps fast enough and resorted to using old dies and then overprinting them with new values. The highest value reached in 1923 was for 50 billion (50,000,000,000) marks.