Brendan Keenan: Greek economic tragedy may inspire political union
Published 11/02/2010 | 05:00
EVER since the story of the Trojan horse, the world has been warned of the dangers of gifts from Greeks. This week, EU leaders are wrestling with the opposite problem -- the risks of bringing gifts to Greeks.
Not that it would be a gift, exactly. If other EU states -- especially the 15 in the euro area -- decide to assist the Greeks in their budget crisis, very unpleasant conditions will be attached.
As was clear from the streets of Athens yesterday, many Greeks regard such an idea as a Trojan horse for them. Government workers brought much of the public service to a standstill, including the airports. They aired a grievance with which we are all familiar: "We are not going to pay for their crisis."