It’s not just about economics; it’s about anger.
“The wars of peoples will be more terrible than those of kings,” Winston Churchill warned Britain’s House of Commons in 1901, correctly forecasting the horrors of World War i. The thrust of his message: “Democracy is more vindictive than cabinets.”
Churchill’s insight also explains the growing hatred in Europe today. If the solution to the Greek crisis was up to bureaucrats, it would still be tricky, but emotions would be much more subdued. Few people get too emotionally invested into what happens with other people’s money.
But it’s not up to bureaucrats, meaning a tide of anger threatens to drown Europe.
This anger is old news in Greece. Since 2008, it has kicked out the entire political class that has ruled the country for a generation. Its government is now led by a party that won only 3.3 percent of the vote before the crisis. It’s clear that Greek voters are angry with their old leaders, with the bureaucrats at the European Union, and with Germany.
Greece’s new leaders reflect this hostility. “If Europe leaves us in crisis, we will flood it with migrants,” threatened Greece’s new defense minister. He promised that if the EU inflicted any harm on Greece, he would retaliate by giving illegal immigrants official documents that would allow them to travel almost anywhere in mainland Europe. “Too bad for Berlin if there are some jihadis from Islamic State in that wave of millions,” he said.
More recently the German government has made headlines with angry statements directed at Greece, but that’s nothing compared to the anger of the German people.
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