originally published at The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/gnter-grass-attacks-merkel-for-athens-policy-7791489.html
The Nobel laureate sends a stinging rebuke to the German Chancellor for her uncompromising attitude to the struggling economy
SUNDAY 27 MAY 2012
The world’s leaders and economists, having put in their euro’s worth on Greece and currency union – to no great discernible effect, so far – yesterday, one of the planet’s most respected literary figures joined in. Germany’s Nobel literature laureate Günter Grass criticised the treatment of Greece in the debt crisis, describing it in a new poem as a “country sentenced to poverty”.
The 84-year-old’s latest work, “Europe’s Disgrace”, was published in the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. It comes less than two months after Grass triggered a storm of criticism with another intervention on a political issue – a prose poem sharply criticising Israel amid the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme. As Greece struggles with austerity…
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