Saturday 27 May 2017

EU should take lesson from German history and give Greeks a break

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arriving at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, yesterday as France and Germany called for an emergency summit of eurozone leaders to discuss Greece
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arriving at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, yesterday as France and Germany called for an emergency summit of eurozone leaders to discuss Greece
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Asked by a journalist why he had voted 'No' in Sunday's referendum, one Greek man's response summarised the majority sentiment: "They're going to f**k us either way."

Scaremongering EU leaders did everything but warn a plague of locusts would descend on Athens if Greek voters rejected the latest bailout deal, but they did it anyway. After seven long years of crushing austerity, with no end to the misery in sight, they decided the devil they don't know was preferable to the hell they're currently enduring.

A succession of Irish government ministers, affecting the sort of tone usually reserved for admonishing toddlers, took to the airwaves yesterday to bemoan the result as feckless and destructive.

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