The World from Berlin:
"The Republicans are playing with fire. Nobody can imagine what the repercussions might be if the unthinkable happens and the US is suddenly no longer a safe haven for investors. Anything is possible, from a small, barely perceptible amount of turbulence in the financial markets to a global panic. Congress should think carefully about what it is doing." - Süddeutsche Zeitung
"Democrats and Republicans are so hopelessly embroiled in a religious war that compromise and pragmatism are just dreams from a far-off era of reason. … The influence of the Tea Party movement … can not be overestimated. … The movement sees traditional politics as corrupt and regards Washington as a den of iniquity. … They see the other side as their enemy. Negotiations with the Democrats, whether it’s about appointing a judge or the insolvency of the United States, are only successful if the enemy is defeated. Compromise, they feel, is a sign of weakness and cowardice." - Die Welt
"If it continues like this, the US will be bankrupt within a few days. It would cause a global shockwave like the one which followed the Lehman bankruptcy in 2008, which triggered the worst economic crisis since the war. Except it would be much worse than the Lehman bankruptcy. The political climate in the US has been poisoned to a degree that is hard for us (Germans) to imagine. But we should all fear the consequences." - Bild
The young are absorbed in devices, distractions, wizards and Angry Birds. The old are floating in a sentimental syrup of nationalist mythology, pathologically poised in the pure disjunction of principles from all reality. Some join the latter with the former for a posturing upsurge in Libertarian resignation. A creeping viscosity snares and freezes us all in amber. As Socrates said of Thrasymachus’ strong man, the master nation, caught in an infinity of desire, will become the weakest - will become a slave.