When many years ago my husband and I visited the Cretan village of Mirtos we were at some stage accosted by a very hostile Greek who wanted to know if we were German. I saw he had a knife in his hands while sitting beside my husband and it as pointed towards his side.
I quickly told him we were Dutch and New Zealander and the knife disappeared and not only that but we found the cost of our food and drink just about halved overnight. Such is to this day the hatred of the Greek towards the Germans.
This hatred has intensified as the Greek perceive (and rightfully so) that the Germans have conquered their country again. This time with the Euro as a terrorist weapon. But what saddens me in this story is that the Greek now associate the entire North of Europe as the enemy and judging by the unflattering things some of my Dutch friends say about the Greek I can’t blame them. What both parties don’t get is that they are both played against each other in what will be an ugly deterioration of their living standards caused not by the Greek or the Dutch but by the global banking vampire squid sucking the life out of all our economies.
Here is what happened in the little town of Monemvasia to a Dutchman who had lived there for 20 years and while I’m sure that most people in the village will be able to separate the Dutchman who has shared their village with them for the last two decennia from the Geopolitical events this will happen more and more as Europa sinks into the abyss.
I wondered often if the guy would have stabbed my husband if our answer had been affirmative and now being Dutch might net you the same fate. My hard grieves for Europe and its peoples as the banksters lay it to waste and play all of us against each other as they have done time, time and again.
A sad incident got picked up by the German national media, made even sadder by the very fact that it got picked up: in the tourist town Monemvasia at the southern tip of the Peloponnese in Greece, some local guys accosted a 78-year old Dutchman who has lived there since the 1990s. They thought he was German. So he corrected them. “German or Dutch, it’s the same thing,” they told him and broke his jaw and nose.
Two guys in their forties were arrested and charged. Police chiefs visited the victim in the hospital. And German tourists had one more reason not to vacation in Greece—though aggressions occur in all countries, including Germany, often with deadly outcomes. Nevertheless, fears of these kinds of incidents, mediatized strikes and tumults, and images of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a Hitler figure have coagulated into a toxic mix. And Germans decided to vacation elsewhere. It’s going to be a tough season for the Greek tourism industry, the only industry that actually grew last year.
The Greek economy has shriveled for four years—in the last two years by nearly 15%. Small businesses cratered, unemployment is spreading like wildfire, and those who still have jobs watch their pay and benefits dwindle. The government, up to the gills in debt, is cut off from the capital markets and defaulted on part of its debt. The country depends on being spoon-fed by the bailout Troika—the ECB, IMF, and European Union. One spoon at a time. With periods of desperation in between.