I don't actually hate capitalism, hate is such a negative emotion and wastes too much energy that can be spent thinking clearly. No, it is more that the 'leadership' of capitalism is itself unloyal to its population as were Ulyanov and Dzhugashvili to their soviet citizens. That is why they assumed names (a Siberian river and 'steel') for their role as supreme leaders. We have nobody of that ilk, just nameless bankers manipulating compliant politicians. I somehow pity them more than hate them, they share your and my mortality and die into the loneliness of the grave as you and I, for which their billions never help one iota.
I do very much agree on the poker analogy but not on the union of Europe. I would never like to see a USE but the analogy with USA could help since constitutionally and more theoretically than practically today, any state in the union could leave and become a nation state in its own right. As far as some are concerned, and Texas is prime example at present, they do it as far as they want to but stay in the union for other benefits such as defence and diplomatic representation (list is actually quite long, but those are examples).
The Germans are not, in my view, trying to dominate anybody. They are simply trying to push complacent countries where the political leadership has become the equivalent of fat and lazy, thus I called them complacent. The French, in their clumsy way, are doing the same. The UK is treating its population with absolute contempt and is probably the ticking bomb at present, but I suspect public disorder is wanted in order to be able to put greater controls on public order. That is another story.
You are missing the point that has been made by several people on this string over the last few days which is that it hardly matters whether it is the Euro or the old Francs, Marks, etc. Each country would be where they are now because it was going that way anyway. The EU has made it happen 'together' but that is hair splitting between the virtually identical outcomes.
If you are such a committed Euro hater why are you living in France? It strikes me that you are like the anti-EU people in the UK. They are not in the Eurozone but want to do everything in their power to kill it off. What has it to do with them? The people driving them know it is already more powerful than Sterling and if it recovers will totally eclipse it into oblivion. So our wonderful Daily Mail, Telegraph and various Murdoch owned media tell us about mythological uprisings within days, countries printing new paper money to replace the Euro which is due to have completely collapsed and disappeared by roughly 20 November. Oh well, perhaps being 'foreign' (not English) they are all late as one expects, so it'll turn up soon, eh mañana... A war like Yugoslavia's bloody end? We do not have the inter-ethnic tensions for a start. We do not have an uncompromising dictatorship as convinced as you may be. Sooner or later these people will be voted out of office and then the bankers will simply pull another leader in another party's strings. Blame the Germans, too easy. Look behind the obvious without going to the pathetic New World Order extreme and it is not encouraging. If anything we need a united Europe in which politicians fight back against those holding the big bucks and tax them, regulated them and keep a strict eye on them and give ordinary citizens their wider rights back so that we have some semblance of democracy. As for slaves, I used to have a very close working relationship with the Anti-Slavery Society (now called Anti-Slavery International) who were formed in the early years of the abolition of the slave trade to see a universal and complete end to it. I see debt slavery as the new version of what was once (to some extent still is) a worldwide and very immoral practice and that is what those who are pulling the real strings are doing. Hate Merkel or Sarkozy as you like but they are mere marionettes on the end of the big men's strings too.