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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 08/04/2010

Christian Semler on the German image of the lazy Greeks

Within just a few months the Greeks have sunk to the last place in German popularity polls, writes Christian Semler in amazement in the leftist daily die tageszeitung: "The abrupt fall of the Greeks shows us how quickly negative stereotypes can arise and how fast they can spread. What we are witnessing is a concerted, very successful media-led campaign meant to create and anchor prejudices in people's minds. ... Prejudices require a single enemy. Before it was 'the Russian', and now in [the tabloid] Bild it's 'the impoverished Greek', who allows himself 'everything' at our expense and who tosses 'our pretty euros' to the wind. ... This campaign involves cooking up an antiquated steroptype from the 19th century, the story of the supposed 1,000 year decline of the Byzantine Empire and the irreconcilability of the Christian-occidental heritage with the dark Orthodox realm which opposes personal freedom. According to this story the Greeks don't deserve their ancient empire. This was incidentally also the opinion of Hitler, who called the Germanic people the true Greeks."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 27/08/2008

Continue the negotiations

In view of Russia's confrontational stance, die tageszeitung newspaper calls on the EU not to let negotiations falter. "Medvedev's recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states makes it even more difficult to negotiate a solution in Georgia, because it faces the mediating powers - that is the majority of EU states - with a fait accompli. The EU's six point plan had stipulated talks on how to ensure security and stability in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Such negotiations can now be rejected as an interference in these states' domestic affairs. And a UN peace mission under the auspices of the Security Council is a long way off. [But] ceasing the negotiations on the Georgian crisis and adopting an attitude of confrontation with Russia would be a fatal error."

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