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Sunday 4 December 2016

Greece crisis shows Europe is no longer a 'community'

Published 24/06/2015 | 02:30

A supporter of neo-fascist party Golden Dawn at a march in Athens
A supporter of neo-fascist party Golden Dawn at a march in Athens

What the Greek crisis has achieved, above all else, is the provision of a theatre for political posturing for European leaders. One fails to detect even a trace of moral integrity in the discussions so far. Nobody will emerge with dignity from this unseemly mess.

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Ditching Greece would inevitably create a failed state in a critical part of the world, waiting to be devoured by Mr Putin's insatiable appetite for power and influence.

An odd aspect of this unedifying affair is that the current ruling elite in Greece is more intent on looking to Berlin for rescue and support than on putting its own house in order. The suggestion from the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, that his creditors are seeking to humiliate the country in order to cover up their criminal responsibility for the current sad state of the economy is eminently disingenuous.

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