More Greece-Bashing from Germany

Germans continue on the path of making themselves hated by everybody in Europe. Right now, they are scolding Greece simultaneously for:

A. Letting too many refugees into Europe;

B. Not paying for comfortable conditions of the refugees Greeks do let in.

Taking into account all the ways in which Germany contributed to Greece’s impoverishment, this current round of German Greece – bashing looks disgusting.

As you know, in the conflict between Germany and Greece I was always on the side of Germany and against Greece. But even my obvious pro-German bias can find nothing but simple malice in what Germany is doing right now. This will tear Europe apart because Southern and Eastern Europeans (and eventually the Northern Europeans whom Germany is trying its darndest to annoy right now) will get too fed up with Germany’s tantrums to want to stick around.

7 thoughts on “More Greece-Bashing from Germany”

  1. I’m wondering now if the powers that be are deliberately trying to torpedo the whole EU.

    Certainly Germany could not be doing more damage if they were trying (within the constraints of the EU).

    Perhaps they feel that they can maintain the benefits that the EU brought without actually maintaining the EU itself.

    It’s hard to imagine any other explanation that isn’t scarier….

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    1. It’s hard to avoid the essentialist explanations that start with “Germans always. . .” I hate this kind of thing, yet it does seem like the Germans are studiously trying to live up to every stereotype of obnoxious Germanness.

      Such a great country, thriving economy, beautiful life – why can’t they just enjoy it and not lord it over people?

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      1. An alternate explanation I’m toying with is that Germany is working on reverse psychology, giving all the rest of the EU something to unite over – their common dislike of Germany.

        It reminds me of an article by Stanley Diamond on family relationships when one member is schizophrenic – he describes a heartbreaking case where the sufferer was getting help and improving (and the family was falling apart, it could only function if he were mentally ill).

        So maybe this is Germany selflessly volunteering for the scapegoat role so that the EU can kind of function…..

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        1. “So maybe this is Germany selflessly volunteering for the scapegoat role so that the EU can kind of function…..”

          • And this comes from a person who recently accused me of being too kind to others. 🙂

          “It reminds me of an article by Stanley Diamond on family relationships when one member is schizophrenic – he describes a heartbreaking case where the sufferer was getting help and improving (and the family was falling apart, it could only function if he were mentally ill).”

          • That’s how it works, more often than not. 😦

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  2. I think it is just the same universal infantilism – wanting to have all choices at the table at all times. Even when the choices are mutually exclusive… And market politicians trying to cater to these illusions of the population. Logic and realism do not get one elected any more… So what can the politicians do?..

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  3. Psychoanalysis aside, here’s what’s going on:
    Germany isn’t the only EU country complaining about Greece’s not following the rules about registering refugees in the first EU country the refugees reach — Merkel just has the loudest voice because of Germany’s relative power.

    The Greeks are clearly overwhelmed with the flood of refugees, and the complaining countries are doing very little to help Greece with the problem.

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  4. “Germany isn’t the only EU country complaining about Greece’s not following the rules about registering refugees in the first EU country the refugees reach”

    Greece did try, but almost all of them resisted (sometimes violently). But because of EU asylum rules they get to stay in the EU as long as they cross the border and say “asylum” pretty much no matter how they actually behave (it’s kind of like a bargain basement version of diplomatic immunity).

    And, Greece’s ongoing financial difficulties (Greece is not an innocent victim, but neither is Germany blameless) mean that resources are thin.

    The real problem is that EU asylum rules are hopelessly out of date and cannot work in the current situation but the fossils that run the EU don’t want to look mean by making them more…. functional.

    The rules were made for individual cases, not populations.

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