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Saturday, March 28, 2015
Greece: Powerful But Preposterous Rhetoric
"That (i. e. Merkel's suggestion that Germany is only one among equals)
is a myth, as Mr Tsipras ceaselessly points out. He is turning a crisis
of the Greek economy and the eurozone’s monetary institutions into a
showdown between two nations, pitching his own as a righteous warrior
against Germany’s arrogant Goliath. It is a canny attempt to influence
governments and voters across the continent. Greek pleas for forbearance
are portrayed, not as the ungrateful demand of a nation that has
already been rescued twice, but the last stand of a country victimised
by a mighty Germany that might soon visit its wrath on other nations,
too. To surrender to Ms Merkel, the Greek prime minister suggests, would
be to concede a German victory over all of Europe.
This rhetoric is as powerful as it is preposterous".