The following is a translation of the Henshu Techo column from The Yomiuri Shimbun's May 23 issue.
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"I didn't know you were such a spendthrift...If you keep on like this, I'll run out of money, too." "I went only a little bit over the budget. You're too demanding."
I can almost hear such an argument, like a quarrel between an older couple, among the eurozone countries. Among them, Greece and Portugal are deeply in debt. It is only natural for such countries as Germany to become angry, as they have to support other eurozone countries at their own expense. But it is also reasonable for the countries who receive such support to become angry when they are pressed to carry out severe spending cuts.
An omnibus movie titled "One Day in Europe" pieces together stories taking place on the same day in four European cities. The film shows us how different people in these countries are in terms of language, temperament and common sense, despite their all being Europeans.
Regardless of such differences, European countries have chosen a path of integration beyond borders because of their bitter experience of repeatedly waging wars against each other. The euro, the official currency of the eurozone, symbolizes Europe's integration.
In our country, it is said that the desire to marry is growing after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Couples with different personalities and ways of thinking may face a marital crisis when they get older. The important thing is whether both have the will to overcome such a crisis. This is the lesson to be learned from the crisis the euro faces.