The Shame of Europe, a poem Gunter Grass wrote on the current relations between Europe and Greece, can easily be dismissed as ‘romantic’, and probably this is how most European leaders will read it. Greece is close to chaos, they will say, because of its own mistakes and corruption.
The objection is true, but with this truth Europeans will lose the chance to understand their compatriot. Greeks have an obligation and a benefit to see their own problems, and the same is true for Europe.
Corruption exists in Greece, corruption is found by Grass in Europe too – Greek treasures theft, invasion of Greece, acceptance of the Greek junta, recklessness, spiritual poverty, distance from the foundations of Europe …
Since Euro-zone is in danger, perhaps able to drag down the European Union as a whole, no wonder why such emphasis in accounting. Fiscal discipline is needed, we need growth, etc. – but equally important is the way in which financial aims are realized.
If indeed what exists here is not a bank with its customers and partners, but historical nations, then, participating in a union of such dimensions it is absurd to think what to confiscate if the other won’t pay you, etc., but proximity and union itself, the seriousness and depth of the relationship finds the proper ways for help to be given and be fruitful.
We have come even to European symbols such as the Acropolis being used in a derogatory manner. Thanks to the wisdom of the European leaders, the peoples of Europe almost hate the Greeks, therefore Gunter Grass warns that Europe marches towards its extinction, maybe not its financial but surely its spiritual collapse.
The future of Europe will no longer regard any living being at all, if instead of the real union of its historical peoples Europe continues to build an opportunist corporation.