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The solution to Greek debt

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This one’s been going around for at least two years now, but it still makes me chuckle:

Austrian head of Chamber of Commerce suggests selling Greek islands to Turks
Hürriyet; Feb. 22, 2012

Negative European attitude toward the Greek administration could be eased if Athens made the symbolic gesture of selling one of their islands to Turkey, according to the head of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, daily Milliyet reported on its website. 
 
“Greece will then show that they can give up some of their sovereignty, symbolically,” Christoph Leitl said in a recent interview with Profil magazine. “It would be significant in [expressing gratitude] for all the help they’ve received.”
 
When asked if he was serious, Leitl repeated his idea and added that it would help toward a solution in the Cyprus conflict as well. 
 
Leitl said that though the idea may seem insulting to Greece, it would have a positive impact on extremely right-wing people elsewhere in Europe. 
 
Greek Ambassador to Austria Themistoklis Dimidis, however, expressed “deep sadness” over the idea. “The statement sounds like a bad joke. Greece will never give up its borders.”

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Written by M. James

February 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Toynbee on Turkey (1917)

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I picked from the library’s bookshelf, several months ago by now, this short volume by Arnold Joseph Toynbee, titled Turkey: A Past and a Future. Taken in context (1917), it’s somewhat interesting—though my sentiment might change if it were any longer than it is (it’s a delightfully short read).

The take-away:

Turkey, which claims the present in Western Asia, is nothing but an overthrow of the past and an obstruction of the future.

Written by M. James

February 2, 2012 at 1:04 am