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article imageGreece must sell a few thousand islands, German MP's demand

By R. C. Camphausen     Mar 4, 2010 in Politics
Further fueling a row driven by populists, two German MP's have called on Greece to sell off its islands, even the Acropolis in Athens. This announcement is based on German taxpayers' fear they may have to pay for solving the Greek's economic problems
A mere 227 of 6,000 Greek islands are inhabited, and that simple fact provided the German MP's Josef Schlarmann (Christian Democrats) and Frank Schaeffler (Free Democrats) the brilliant idea to demand that Greece sell them to the highest bidder.
Their call for this measure comes just a day before Greek PM George Papandreou is to visit German chancellor Angela Merkel for talks concerning the economical crisis Greece is facing. According to a poll published on yesterday, more than 80 percent of Germans think that the EU should not help Greece out of its debt crisis, knowing full well that negotiations about a French-German aid package have been discussed since a few weeks.
The MP's made their call for selling islands and perhaps even the ancient Acropolis in the well known German tabloid Bild Zeiting; translated quotes from the interview can be found from Al Jazeera to BBC News, even the Huffington Post reports about it. Here some quotes showing what the German politicians have apparently said under a headline that screams "Sell your islands, you bankrupt Greeks - and the Acropolis too!"
Those in insolvency have to sell everything they have to pay their creditors. Greece owns buildings, companies and uninhabited islands, which could all be used for debt redemption. That's what Greece should do. They must privatise to raise money. The chancellor cannot promise Greece any help. The Greek state must sell stakes in companies and also assets such as, for example, unpopulated islands.
Earlier, two weeks ago, the German magazine Focus had expressed the view of German taxpayers in a much more elegant way, using an original statue of Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and sexuality. While the original statue misses both arms, the designer of this superb cover added an arm with a hand making an internationally well known gesture. The text on the cover says "Frauds in the Euro Family."
Some of the Greek islands Greece won t sell
Some of the Greek islands Greece won't sell
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