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“Nein, Nein, Nein” — Greeks Angry at German Nay-Sayers

The Greek people’s growing anger about the austerity measures demanded by the EU is mostly targeted at Germany. Chancellor Merkel is the target of many nasty expressions used by Greek journalists, her depiction as Europe’s puppet-master is one of the more benign caricatures:

For the German speakers, here is a quote from the FAZ article:

Die Stimmung ist miserabel. Angela Merkel ist eine Hassfigur in Griechenland. „Wenn sie nach Athen käme, ich gäbe ihr keine 500 Meter“, sagt ein deutscher Geschäftsmann in Griechenland. Manche deutschen Unternehmen haben ihre Repräsentanten bereits abgezogen, BMW zum Beispiel. Das hat allerdings weniger mit antideutschen Ressentiments als mit der Wirtschaftslage zu tun. Es lohnt sich nicht mehr, einen teuren Entsandten im Lande zu haben, wenn man die Leitung der verbliebenen Geschäfte auch einem Einheimischen anvertrauen kann.

To read the entire article, click here.


About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.


3 thoughts on ““Nein, Nein, Nein” — Greeks Angry at German Nay-Sayers

  1. There is significant anger toward Greek and European politicians, including German politicians; and the ‘trapezokratia’ (bank-archy). I wouldn’t say it’s directed against “Germany.” Greeks don’t confuse Angela Merkel with Germany as a whole, at least not in the part of Greece where I live.

    Posted by Heidi @ homeingreece | February 7, 2012, 5:04 pm
  2. Heidi, thank you for that impression “from the ground.” It’s a good reminder to not confuse press coverage with the more nuanced and also informed reactions of the people!

    Posted by GG | February 7, 2012, 9:12 pm
  3. AM
    Why don’t the Greeks offer a naval base to the Russians in exchange for paying their debt? That way the Russians can leave Syria, maintain a naval presence in the area and free the Syrian people to revolt without outside meddling.

    Posted by Anna Macy | February 9, 2012, 3:27 pm

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