Viva la Siesta Should Southern Europe Really Be More German?

In the wake of the euro crisis, Southern Europeans have increasingly traded their traditions of leisure for more work and more consumption -- often at Germany's prodding. As backlash sets in, this logic must be questioned.
Von Max A. Höfer
Southern Europeans see their traditional way of life under threat.

Southern Europeans see their traditional way of life under threat.

? Susana Vera / Reuters/ REUTERS
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan