Monday, March 1, 2010

The Washington Post reports:

"Indignation only heightened as Greece's deputy prime minister, responding to German calls for deeper spending cuts, suggested last week that instead of criticizing its policies, Germany should compensate Greece for the Nazi invasion of 1941."
Many of the more bizarre statements in the world of diplomacy have been made with one's domestic constituents as the primary audience. And I know referring to the evils of Nazi Germany is usually good domestic politics. But, was this really a good idea?

"Ms Merkel, you owe us for Kalavryta, you owe us for Distomo, you owe us 70 billion ($95 billion) for the ruins you left us."
As the title of this post implies, this is most decidedly not the way to ask Germany for money.

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