Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Opening old wounds
Chants of "burn the banks" are a foretaste of tensions once austerity measures bite in earnest later this year. Theodoros Pangalos, deputy prime minister, said Germany had no right to reproach Greece for anything after it devastated the country under the Nazi occupation, which left 300,000 dead. "They took away the gold that was in the Bank of Greece, and they never gave it back. One banker said the situation was surreal. "How can they call the Germans incompetent Nazis and still expect a bail-out?"