The Corner

Ever Closer Union

The Daily Mail has an update on how the euro (the only alternative to a return to the warring ways of the past – or so we are told) is continuing to bring Europeans together:

Greeks angry at the fate of the euro are comparing the German government with the Nazis who occupied the country in the Second World War. Newspaper cartoons have presented modern-day German officials dressed in Nazi uniform, and a street poster depicts Chancellor Angela Merkel dressed as an officer in Hitler’s regime accompanied with the words: ‘Public nuisance.’ She wears a swastika armband bearing the EU stars logo on the outside.

The backlash has been provoked by Germany’s role in driving through painful measures to stop Greece’s debt crisis from spiralling out of control. Opposition parties blasted the landmark agreement, with conservatives warning it condemned the country to ‘nine more years of collapse and poverty’.

But it is the fury of ordinary Greeks which is raising eyebrows.Greek government officials who agreed to the belt-tightening moves have been portrayed in cartoons giving the Nazi ‘Sieg Heil’ salute. And German visitors flocking to ancient tourist sites are being met with a hostile welcome from some Greeks. Berlin’s interference has revived historical enmities and evoked comparisons to the massive destruction of Greece at the hands of Hitler’s Germany more than 65 years ago…

If I were a German taxpayer being stuck with the bill for Greece’s free lunch and reading this story, I’d be furious, but I’d be even angrier with the political class that not only took Germany into a currency union its citizens never wanted, but then admitted Greece.This is, incidentally, the same political class that is forever attacking “Anglo-Saxon speculators” for their irresponsibility.

Remarkable. 

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