A taste of German attitudes towards Greece.
Whether the comments are the private opinions of the named writer, Bernd Riegert alone, they must nevertheless have attracted some degree of enforsement to have been place on the website. I will assume that they are therefore of more than passing interest, as they possibly find some acceptance among a wider group within Germany.
Mr Riegert is tagged as Deutsche Welle's Europe expert, therefore this statement has to be ranked as quite incredible "The drama that is currently unfolding before the eyes of surprised Europeans is a political one.". The only surprise at this late hour in the crisis is that anyone can still be surprised by what is happening in Greece, it has been inevitable for years. Indeed in the opening paragraph to the article it is described as entering its seventh act, but then blithely assumes everything will continue as earlier with enough funds left from the first bail out to meet the likely default payment in March without problem.
Such ill-informed optimism is not the major problem that arises from the article, however, I find the whole tone of the piece as tending to describe the situation as peculiar to Greece. The writer might as well live on Mars for all the awareness he appears to have that it is a problem that is partly due to his own country's politics, particularly as it is one of the leading force within the European Union, which has deliberately pursued policies in the face of advice to the contrary, provided by economics experts over many years, that what we have today would be exactly that end result.
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