Greece Is Nicht Sehr Happy With Frau Merkel

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The Greek daily (price 1 Euro, not 2000 Drachma) may have summarized best what at least a prominent subsegment of Greece feels toward Die Frau, who quite adeptly managed to dodge the Greek "pledge"  gambit, so thoroughly discussed earlier, and put the ball back in the Lucas Papademos' court, who now must be tearing his hair out: not only did Europe put him in his current position, but now it is the same Europe who no longer wants him in... What's a former ECB apparatchik and Trilateral Commission member to do...

Elsewhere, the Germans already appear quite aware of the 'backlash' against the Chancellor's demands that Greece actually comply with the requirements of its second (not to mention first) bailout, which also explains why a prominent subsegment of them want nothing to do with said country ever again.

From Der Spiegel

Railing against the 'Fourth Reich'

Anti-German Mood Heats Up in Greece

By Johannes Korge and Ferry Batzoglou

Photo Gallery: Anti-German Sentiment on the Rise in Greece

Nazi flags are hardly a rarity at Greek demonstrations these days. Anti-German tirades on primetime television have likewise become a staple. In Greece, a consensus has developed as to who is to blame for the country's economic misery. Age old stereotypes are flourishing.

Georgios Trangas had launched into a tirade -- yet again. He seemed to have completely forgotten his four studio guests. Trangas stared into the camera and turned to his favourite subject: the Germans, and how they are cold-bloodedly shoving Greece into the abyss. "Germany doesn't care that 3 million pensioners are dying here," he raged.


The sentence is one of his more harmless utterances on this evening. But such verbal artillery is hardly out of the ordinary on the Athens television broadcaster Extra 33, a channel full of angry broadsides against the "German occupiers."

"Choris Anästhetiko" is the name of the program, and it lives up to its name: "Without Anaesthesia." Politesse is an alien concept on the show as it offers ruthless analysis of the economic and debt crisis gripping Greece. On this evening, the show is set to examine the problems facing taxi drivers in Athens and the suffering shipping industry. But the experts invited to appear on the show serve little more of a purpose than providing the moderator with additional excuses to launch into a diatribe.

"Barbaric measures," Trangas spits, referring to the austerity demands made by the so-called troika of the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Berlin, he posits, is controlling everything anyway.

Cult Figure

The problem, of course, is that Trangas is not merely voicing his views of the financial crisis over a beer in the bar. Rather, he is on primetime television. In addition, he hosts a breakfast radio show, writes columns and has his own magazine. Trangas is a cult figure. What he says carries a certain amount of weight in Greece. He quickly reduces complex problems to mere slogans and just as rapidly identifies who is to blame. And only seldom are those responsible to be found in his own country.

Should the conversation turn to German Chancellor Angela Merkel -- or should it be forced in such a direction by Trangas -- the host completely loses all control. "She acts as though she were clean. But in reality, German companies have been paying bribes in Greece for years and handing out risky loans," he says. "Merkel is lying when she says that she knew nothing about all that. But now, she is playing the fiscal watchdog." The rant goes on for minutes. Trangas rattles off statistics mixed with random references to the Nazi regime. Even the studio guests begin to hang their heads sheepishly.

A monitor hangs on the wall directly behind Trangas. On this evening, the image remains neutral. But that is not always the case. On occasion, Trangas is fond of displaying images of Merkel conflated with marching German soldiers from World War II.

Just minutes after the show is over, an amicable Trangas is relaxing in his office. He has his bodyguard bring a drink to his guest from Germany before saying: "I don't actually have anything against Germans." But, he says, he detests what Merkel and the troika she supposedly leads is doing to Greece.

Then he takes a deep breath and launches into an almost word-for-word repetition of the accusations he has just made on live television. A half hour later, even Trangas has preached enough for the evening. He wishes his German guest a nice stay in Athens, is helped into his coat by a second bodyguard and disappears into the night in his SUV. It's a German make.

Poisonous Sentiment

Trangas is a master of hyperbole, and has won many viewers with his tirades. But his core message is one that many in Greece share. Seeing the EU as the "Fourth German Reich" is hardly a novelty in the country -- and one almost has the feeling that the sentiment against Germany grows more poisoned by the day.

Indeed, just this week, the associations representing doctors, lawyers and structural engineers met in Athens and agreed on a unified boycott of products from Germany. Just how the boycott will be put into practice is not yet clear. But it could mark the beginning of a broader anti-Germany movement. Already, the burning of German flags, and the display of swastikas, has become de rigueur at anti-austerity demonstrations in Greece.

Stathis Stavropoulos is well versed in Third Reich symbols. He sits chain smoking in the spartan offices of the daily newspaper Eleftherotypia, located a few kilometers away from the Extra 33 studios. The paper has been on strike for months, the offices are dark and unheated. In the mean time, Stavropoulos has found a job at another paper, but he nevertheless elected to host his German interlocutor here in the offices of Eleftherotypia. Few people in Greece know what Stavropoulos, 56, looks like. But everybody knows his drawings. Stavropoulos is the best known caricaturist in the country -- and he too has remained focused on a single subject since the beginning of the crisis: the Germans.

His drawings are seen each week by well over 100,000 readers. Even the New York Times recently reprinted one of his cartoons, he proudly relates. Whether it's Merkel, Sarkozy, Horst Reichenbach, the head of the EU's Task Force for Greece, or the leaders of the Greek government, Stavropoulos dresses them all in German World War II uniforms and depicts them abusing Greeks.

Agitation and Reflection


He is a far cry from the boisterous utterances of Trangas -- he prefers a more elevated brand of provocation. "Of course I aim to shock people with my drawings," he says. "But the initial agitation should be followed by reflection. That, at least, is my hope," says Stavropoulos, as he reaches for his next cigarette.

He says he is aware of the danger that his use of World War II symbols could enflame new resentments among the Greek people. But the debate, he insists, is worth the breaking of a few taboos. He insists that his criticism is focused on German political leaders and their Greek lackeys -- never against the German people as a whole.

Are his readers able to appreciate the subtle difference? The cartoonist isn't quite sure.

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RSloane's picture

They must have run out of German flags to burn. That picture of her makes her look like a stage extra from an old James Bond movie.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Does this uniform make me look fat?

A: No, it makes you look like a nazi.

redpill's picture

many things that people still do not understand are contained in this video that has been available for 3 decades

Al Gorerhythm's picture

Do my policies make my ass look big?

GMadScientist's picture

No, your fat ass and basic optics make your ass look big.

optimator's picture


German Chancellor Angela Merkel: I want a second opinion?

A:  You're fat too.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

About 30% of the population does not have a sense of humor, that is why there are unions.  Let me help those people who do not find my little quip funny.  The joke goes like this:

Wife to husband: Honey, do these pants make my ass look fat? 

Husband to wife:  No honey, the fat makes you look fat.

For anyone who still does not see the humor, try it out with your spouse.

ihedgemyhedges's picture

Doesn't FoxConn make those too??????????  Those guys are gonna be busy with the new iPhone, new iPad and now all those "disposable" flags..............

BanksterSlayer's picture

Long Knives, as in, Night of The ... "The Night of the Long Knives (German:  Nacht der langen Messer (help·info)), sometimes called Operation Hummingbird or, in Germany, the Röhm-Putsch, was a purge that took place in Nazi Germany between June 30 and July 2, 1934, when the Nazi regime carried out a series of political murders. Leading figures of the left-wingStrasserist faction of the Nazi Party, along with its namesake, Gregor Strasser, were murdered, as were prominent conservative anti-Nazis (such as former Chancellor Kurt von Schleicher and Gustav Ritter von Kahr, who had suppressed Hitler's Beer Hall Putsch in 1923). Many of those killed were members of the Sturmabteilung (SA), theparamilitary brownshirts.

Adolf Hitler moved against the SA and its leader, Ernst Röhm, because he saw the independence of the SA and the penchant of its members for street violence as a direct threat to his newly gained political power. He also wanted to conciliate leaders of the Reichswehr, the official German military who feared and despised the SA—in particular Röhm's ambition to absorb the Reichswehr into the SA under his own leadership. Finally, Hitler used the purge to attack or eliminate critics of his new regime, especially those loyal to Vice-Chancellor Franz von Papen, as well as to settle scores with old enemies."



Time for the EuroZone to get down to business???

battle axe's picture

Time to take the Panzer Mark III out of storage. 

He_Who Carried The Sun's picture



The Greek's problem is, they're fast running out of German money to buy new German flags.... 

So the actual trade of the day would be "short German flags"...

Else, I am really getting tired of these extremist communist goat-fuckers. Let them go home and fuck more goats...

Al Gorerhythm's picture


(Oh, your other tit looks like it needs some sun. Turn over once in a while.) 

He_Who Carried The Sun's picture

You're not close enough to grade my funbag's tan...

vast-dom's picture

Pure postering and b-grade acting.


Germany merely wants to win the war, and that starts by leveraging the shit out of Greece and/OR the rest of the EU. It's just all a massive distraction, before the shit falls apart into global depression whereby Germany will be best able to afford to pick carrion bones (not with wheelbarrows, but with smart positioning relative to the rest of the burning shithouse, since it's all hyper-relative in this our fiat mirage).

Buck Johnson's picture

Greece is coming apart and they may totally implode in a few days or weeks.

He_Who Carried The Sun's picture

Funny. On that paper it reads 1.- Eu

Soon and rather magically it will be 1000.- Dr

Gief Gold Plox's picture

10^3 and so on could really save them some ink in the long run.

smb12321's picture

Consideriing that Merkel was a dyed-in-the-wool East German Marxist (who traveled frequently to Moscow and speaks Russian "without an accent") she could also be reconstituted as "Comrade Merkel".  Actually, she resembles those old party-loyal Commisars who blathered on about the superiority of socialism before returning home to their house filled with Wester goods.

fonzannoon's picture

I thought they posted this same picture like 6 months ago. They should have at least put a mustache on her.

Stack Trace's picture

Shaved Merkel. Sounds like an awful porno.

cowpieflapjack's picture

Angela Merkel or Merkin? I get confused. But after shaving she would need the Merkel Merkin. Burn those instead of the flags.

Manthong's picture

Worse than this?

Hey, don't blame me.. this is some Greek dude's perspective  : )



_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

I don't want to know what she shaved...

ekm's picture

Greece will default and stay in Euro. Don't even think for a moment Greece will be left to the hienas.

They will force the banks holding greek debt go excrement. Greece is more important than banks.

- Greece holds the key to mediterraneans

- Greece has a lot of immigrants - 10% at least. If situation goes chaos, they will all go to Germany

Banks are fucked.

sitenine's picture


No ekm, nothing is more important than the banks.  That's the whole point of this exercise.

Ever heard of a country referred to as TBTF?

Dasa Slooofoot's picture

Right?  For countries i've only heard of "Too Big to Bail".

ekm's picture

They have no option for Greece. It's too important strategically, militarily. In 1949 there was a civil war which was basically due to half of greeks were backed up by Stalin and the other half by Americans and English. If USSR got greece, they would have gotten anything. Militarily it's too too important.

ekm's picture

The are 1 million immigrants in greece. They will all flock to Germany if greece goes shit. Do you think germans love more immigrants?

The island of Crete has the most important NATO base, probably in the world. It has nuclear submarines.

On the other hand, there are too many banks that offer a product called "credit". Too much credit offered, not many customers. They're all indebted.

It's just pure analysis. Get the fact first.

sitenine's picture

I don't see your point, sorry.  Yeah, immigrants migrate, and maybe there is a migration crisis.  Meh.  Greece is not going to leave NATO just because it leaves the Euro Zone.  I think you are over extending the possibilities there.  As for facts, I do get them; thank you ZH.

ekm's picture

Migration is big problem in Europe. Europe is NOT Canada or US, which are immigrant based countries.

I come from Europe and live in Toronto. It is not a joke or a simple word, like "people migrate". It's very very serious.

sitenine's picture

Germany could solve that easily.  They can call them insurgents, thus terrorists, thus detainable and ultimately deportable.  Presto, problem solved.  Joking of course, kinda.  I do understand the seriousness of migration in Europe, but I'll stick to my guns by saying again that there's just no crisis like a banking crisis.

ekm's picture

I think we're saying the same thing but differently.

There is a bank crisis, but the banks in Europe will lose this one. As I wrote just few seconds ago above, strategic position is very important in finance.

sitenine's picture

I hope you are wrong, and I will tell you why.  When banks go down, and you're talking about a very big regional central bank for fuck sake, people die.  I'm not talking about a crowd in the street getting shot at by police.  I'm talking about starvation and pestilence.  Get the picture?  Countries can run without governments, it happens all the time.  NOTHING runs without money, and one more time, who makes (literally) all the 'money'?  Banks.

ekm's picture

That is so incorrect. Any industry that over produces a product has to scale back. Few companies have to go bankrupt. The same think is happening is Europe right now. Too many banks offering their product called "credit" to no takers.

Right now, ECB lend to Intesa which buys Italian bonds which are deposited to ECB. No money touches the people, they can't afford more debt. At least 1/3 of the euro banks are totally redundand. They offer something nobody wants. If they go bankrupts, nothing bad will happen.

As to Lehman, what was bad with it? It was really good they made it happen. About $50 trillions of derivatives vanished which cause the crude prices drop to $35. Great for the people.

sitenine's picture

Great for the people.  Wow.  I'm done here.

GMadScientist's picture

$35 gas -> 15-20% unemployment. What's so great about cheap gas you still can't afford?

The word for today is 'remedial'.

ekm's picture

In a very raw way, shutting down Greece would be equal to shutting down Lockheed Martin.

StychoKiller's picture

When yer up to yer ass in alligators, it's hard to remember yer initial objective was to drain the swamp!   Don't think Greece really cares about their obligations to NATO at this point...

ekm's picture


Facts are facts. Banks will die. Greece will pull an Iceland an survive. US, Germany, UK have no other option, but an Iceland version for Greece.

Banks will die.

sitenine's picture

?  Banks did not die in Iceland, and neither did Iceland.  Reference a good quote from ekm above, "get the fact first."

ekm's picture

Sorry, I meant german and french banks holding greek debt or sold CDSs.

ekm's picture

You could down me as often as you want. Strategic location is too too important in finance.

Why does Boeing or Lockheed martin get most of their income from the government?

How about non US entities like Dassault (France), Finmecanica (Italy) etc, that still get US funding?

Reese Bobby's picture

Indeed.  They would be crazy to mess with King Leonidas.