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Germany-Greece Euro 2012 Match Takes On Political Overtones

The German tabloid "Bild's" headline says: "Bye-bye, Greece. Today we won't be able to save you!"
The German tabloid "Bild's" headline says: "Bye-bye, Greece. Today we won't be able to save you!"
In one of the more anticipated games so far, Germany plays Greece in Gdansk in the second quarterfinal of the Euro 2012 soccer championship.

Although the Germans are heavily favored to win, the game is seen by many as Greece's chance to get back at Germany for what many Greeks see as unfairly harsh austerity terms imposed by Berlin in exchange of a bailout package to salvage Greece's economy.

Adding to the drama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to attend the German-Greek showdown.

Newly appointed Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will skip the game though, having undergone an eye operation on June 22.

Greece was the surprise winner of Euro 2004 in Portugal -- with German coach Otto Rehhagel at the helm.

Based on reporting by dpa and Reuters
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 24, 2012 08:34
In other news on German-Greek relationship: Today's (Sunday) edition of the German "Der Spiegel" magazine published info allegedly stemming from a confidential paper prepared by the German Ministry of Finance, according to which - in the case when GREECE (and potentially other) countries are forced to leave the Euro-zone (causing the collpase of the latter) - the consequences for the GERMAN ECONOMY will be as follows: in the first year after the Euro-zone break-up the German economy will shrink by some 10 % and the unemployment in Germany will reach some 5,000,000 people.
So, in other words, the economic suffering that the people of Greece currently have to go through has to happen in order for the Germans to live well. And the contrary is true as well: once the Greeks finally undertake the INEVITABLE step of leaving the Euro-zone - which will establish the ground for their future economic growth - the Germans will suffer. In other words, just as it was back in 1914 and in 1939, the interests of Germany today are diametrically opposed to those of other European nations.
Ref.: http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/euro-krise-finanzministerium-zeichnet-duesteres-crash-szenario-a-840604-druck.html

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