".....The majority of Liberals voted Bismarck, however, too rough, when he announced to the Reichstag: "we do not go to Canossa - neither physically nor mentally.".....".[Wikipedia on Jesuitengesetz]
Above image - I'm not practic about the Roman emperors, it will be interesting to identify who is represented by that bust. Pic from the below article shows Merkel and Jesuit trained at Leo XIII Jesuit lyceum of Milan (Barbarossa defeat?) prof Mario Monti.
After Showdown, Italy and Germany Vow Unity
by LIAM MOLONEY and GIADA ZAMPANOROME—Days after they dueled at a European summit, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that they were working together to tackle the euro-zone crisis and forge a deeper European Union.Despite the public display of unity, the leaders gave scant insight about how they plan to overcome their differences regarding the details of a hard-fought deal they forged last week on short-term measures aimed at resolving the crisis."If one of our neighbors isn't doing well economically, then Germany isn't well, either," Ms. Merkel told reporters after meeting with Mr. Monti in Rome. Ms. Merkel, who had traveled to the Italian capital with a large delegation of ministers and other officials, described the meeting as "important talks in uneasy times."Mr. Monti added: "Italy and Germany are the two countries that are the most willing to share their sovereignty [with the European Union] in exchange for more efficient instruments of political economy."The meeting came days after an EU summit at which Mr. Monti convinced Ms. Merkel to agree to near-term measures that would make it simpler for European bailout funds to intervene in the bond markets of Spain and Italy, by allowing the funds to buy troubled countries' bonds on the primary and secondary markets. The agreement marked a concession by Ms. Merkel, who had previously insisted that the bailout funds would buy a country's bonds only as part of a tough program of fiscal and economic overhauls.Rising borrowing costs in Spain and Italy have heightened the sense of crisis around the survival of the common currency. Last week's measures are expected to stabilize the spread between bond yields of countries seen as high-risk and that of lower-risk Germany.Despite Ms. Merkel's softening, hurdles to finalizing the details of the bond-buying agreement remain. Though it was reached unanimously, Finland and the Netherlands said earlier this week they oppose letting a European bailout fund buy government bonds on secondary markets. It isn't clear how their opposition will play out. Moreover, the procedure for any possible bond-buying hasn't been hashed out.At the news conference, Mr. Monti briefly discussed the bond-buying measures agreed last week, saying they would benefit all EU countries. He reiterated that while Rome had pushed for the measures, Italy didn't need them."We needed to avoid having very high spread levels discourage some countries from pursuing in a committed manner the economic policies that were under way," Mr. Monti said. "This is why Italy asked for such measures."He added that Italy's 2012 deficit—which is estimated at about 2% of gross domestic product—is about half of the EU average, indicating that Rome is keeping its borrowing needs under control. Mr. Monti also reassured Ms. Merkel that Italy is committed to keeping its finances under control, pointing to recent tax increases that the government has introduced in the face of public opposition.Both leaders also alluded to the resistance they are facing in their national parliaments to some of the measures that are being decided at the European level.Despite last week's concessions made by Ms. Merkel, the German politician appears to be enjoying a rise in support at home, a Forsa Institute poll showed Wednesday. Support for the governing coalition rose to 36% from 34% the week before the summit, according to the poll, which was commissioned by the weekly Stern magazine and TV channel RTL.The Forsa Institute said the results suggest voters are opting for safety rather than change as the euro crisis grinds on."Just like during all times of crisis, people rally around the government," Forsa chief Manfred Guellner told Stern. "Even though people don't understand individual actions, they support Merkel anyway."Support for the pro-business Free Democrats, junior partner in Ms. Merkel's center-right alliance, dropped to 3% from 4%. The opposition Social Democrats were unchanged at 27%, the Greens slipped to 12% from 13%, and the far-left The Left were unchanged at 7%.Forsa conducted interviews with 2,506 German voters from June 25 to 29. The poll has a margin of error of 2.5%.—Franziska Scheven in Berlin and Susann Kreutzmann in Rome contributed to this article.