Greece Expelled From EU?
Exercising Democracy through voting by the people of Greece may cost them their EU membership. At least that is what German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday morning when they decided to withhold $11 billion of assistance to Greece.
Merkel in no uncertain terms threatened to kick out Greece if they don't vote the way she wants them to vote. Isn't Democracy wonderful? Oh yeah, that's not Democracy; that is a dictatorship. I suppose that she wants the people of Greece to just “Seig Heil?”
The Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou, just this week decided to let the people vote on whether to agree to the European Debt deal. Now, it appears that the referendum will be worded around staying in the eurozone.
At the moment, 7 in 10 voters in Greece say they favor remaining in the euro, according to a poll last week published in To Vima newspaper.
Perhaps the Greek people should heed the ancient words of man once uttered against their people:
“Do not trust the horse, Trojans. Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts.” in Virgil's Aeneid, Book 2, 19 BC:
“Nought from the Greeks towards me hath sped well.
So now I find that ancient proverb true,
Foes' gifts are no gifts: profit bring they none.”
in Sophicles' Ajax (496-406 BC)
Today, the Greek people should consider updating the saying:
“Nothing from the Germans and French towards the Greeks has done you any good.”