Clicked on the link for the book...speaking of unintended consequences, how about expecting the Germans to pay for St. Peter’s Basilica (via indulgences) and not bitch about it? Anybody see that one coming? That was a pretty big misread.
Come to think of it, Europe is right back where it was 500 years ago...the Krauts got the money and the Italians want it. Except today the establishment hierarchy is composed of bureaucrats and academics, not clergy (who appear content sticking their hands down boys pants). Turns out the same way. Krauts do the heavy lifting and destroy the Establishment assumptions, and God only knows what fills the vacuum (What is the secular equivalent of Joel Osteen?)