Tuesday, May 29, 2012

News at Eleven: The poem is a stinging rebuke for

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative-led government which has insisted that austerity is the only way that Greece can balance its books. The author [Guenter Grass] accuses Europe of forcing Greece to drink from a poisoned chalice and describes it as a "country now hardly tolerated". In the poem, he says Greece has been "pilloried naked as a debtor". He writes: "You will waste away spiritlessly without the country whose spirit, Europe, conceived you."

from The Independent: Günter Grass attacks Merkel for Athens policy
then Jerusalem Post: [Günter] Grass's poem hovers over German president's visit


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