Germany Is Tired of Paying Europe’s Bills
If Germans feel less guilty about the war, they won’t make sacrifices to help feckless Greeks.
“Sell your islands, you bankrupt Greeks. And sell the Acropolis too!”â€”headline, Bild newspaper, March 4, 2010
Sometimes they cut to the essence of the story, those tabloid headline-writers, even when they haven’t got the quotation exactly right. What the German politician being quoted in theÂ Bildarticle cited above actuallyÂ said was, “A bankrupt party must use everything he has to make money and serve his creditors. … Greece owns buildings, companies and several uninhabited islands, which can now be used to repay debt.”
What he meant, though, was more accurately reflected in thatÂ Bild headline: The Germans are fed up with paying Europe’s bills. They don’t want to bail out the feckless Greeks with theirflagrantly inaccurate official statistics; they resent being Europe’s banker of last resort; they object to the universal demand that they plug the vast holes in the Greek budget deficit in the name of “European unity”; and for the first time in a long time they are saying it out loud. Not only are tabloids demanding the sale of the Acropolis,Â Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany’s deeply serious paper of record, hasÂ pointed out that while the Greeks are out protesting the raising of the pension age from 61 to 63, Germany recently raised its pension age from 65 to 67: “Does that mean that the Germans should in future extend the working age from 67 to 69, so that Greeks can enjoy their retirement?‘ More from Slate
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