The New York Times published an article on the political storm of violent extremism that has descended on Greece, after the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas.
According to the newspaper, a closer look at the country’s ingredients such as national humiliation, economic disaster, high immigration, political division and international tutelage, remind us of nothing more than Weimar, Germany.
As highlighted in the article, the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party has risen today to the country’s third political force, representing close to 15% of the vote, according to polls.
Citing statements made by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the minister responsible for the cuts to implement the austerity measures, and the fact that the country has been stretched to its limits, the author writes that it is the European Union which actually guarantees that Greece will not have the same luck as Middle-war Germany, after the collapse of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Hitlerism.
The article continues with the Troika officials’ visit to Athens next week, stating that if they make further demands on cuts in wages and pensions, they could push Greece over the edge.
However, as stated, Germany has in fact helped Greece to stand back on its feet during these hard financial times, given that through Europe, Greece has been saved from the fate of Weimar. The article concludes that the Union is Europe’s surest safeguard against the Continent’s darkest hours.