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The cartoon by Chappatte in The International New York Times shows a Volkwagen car emitting some nasty looking fumes. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a passenger in the car. A poor Greek man with a bicycle comments, "So you've been lying and cheating — and Europe will pay the price?"
To pay the price is to experience the bad result of something you have done (or someone else has done). • If you abuse your body now, you'll pay the price when you're older.
The cartoon compares the Greek Debt Crisis and the austerity measures that Germany insisted on in return for successive bailouts with the VW crisis that Germany that is now facing. However, in the latter case, Europe as a whole will "pay the price" in terms of increased pollution and even deaths (note the skull and crossbones depicted in the exhaust fumes). You could say that it's one law for the rich, and another for the poor.