The Greeks blame the Germans to avoid self-examination

The Greeks are about the learn the meaning of socialist penury The self-deluding Greeks are about the learn the meaning of socialist penury

Dalrymple writes that the Athens government, relying on euro-based credit, borrowed to bolster its public sector, and when the pyramid collapsed,

the population’s chief object became warding off change — ensuring that it continued to receive more than it earned and consume more than it produced. The Nazi stereotype emerged quickly, once European subsidies were reduced.

Did the Greeks really not know, asks Dalrymple,

  • that tax evasion was standard practice in Greece, and by no means only among the elite?
  • that much of the employment in the public sector was makework?
  • that retirement conditions superior to those in Germany were unearned and unsustainable?
  • that their political and administrative class was composed of liars and cheats?
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