Nuremberg and Athens

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 17 March 2010

Great umbrage is taken by Antigone1984 at the mockery of the latest Greek bailout deal by the UK satirical magazine Private Eye.

In an article in its edition of 9 to 22 March 2012, the publication seeks to belittle the recent bona fide attempts by the unelected Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos to do whatever German-controlled Eurocrats in Brussels told him to do – thereby pushing the entire Greek nation over the brink of starvation.

“We were only obeying orders,”Papademos might have told Antigone1984, had we bothered to ask him.

It seems to us that this is a perfectly valid excuse – one that was much appreciated by those about to be convicted at the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals and hence an excuse that will be perfectly comprehensible to the current generation of German leaders now pulling the strings in the European Union.

We are sure that readers will share our revulsion at the disgraceful attempt by a widely respected and responsible publication to poke fun at Greek political puppets who were simply being strung along by their puppet-masters in Berlin.

The article is so biased and ill-informed that we reprint it in full below:


The Greek Government and the EU have hammered out a deal which will see both sides pretending everything is alright.

“For our part, we will pretend that handing over €130bn of aid will solve Greece’s problems and return it to a stable financial path,” said the EU President Herman Van Rompuy.

“And for our part, we will pretend that fresh austerity measures to destroy our economy will solve our country’s problems,” said Greek President Papademos. 

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said he was pleased that, in return for the bailout money, the Greek Government had agreed to surrender all powers to Berlin. 

“Greeks surrendering to the Germans brings back such happy memories.”

Under the terms of the deal the EU and Greece will continue to pretend that Greece won’t need any more bailout funds until they run out of money in 12 months’ time and need another €130bn bailout.


You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts.  For instance:

 1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)

2. Das Vierte Reich/The Fourth Reich (6 Feb 2012)

3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)

4. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)

5. What would Gandhi have said? (30 Jan 2012)

Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.


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