The German newspaper that is being read by 12 million readers a day addressed to Mr. Papandreou stated:
“You are in Germany, a country very different from yours”
“Here no one has to pay thousands of Euros in” special gratuities” to secure a bed in a hospital. Germany has high debt but pays it off as we wake in the morning and work all day.
Our petrol stations have cash registers, taxi drivers give receipts and farmers don’t swindle EU subsidies with millions of non-existent olive trees.”
It also points to the Greeks that tourists leave “a lot of money to Greece” while not failing to point out that the soccer coach who brought the Greeks to the conquest of the Euro in 2004 (Otto Rehhagel) was German.
Bild concludes: “We want to be friends of the Greeks,” that’s why we’ve given to your country 50 billion from the moment you enter the EU, but friendship also means that we remain honest.
A stamp accompanies the German newspaper open letter with the words “if you want to answer, you do not have to spend money ‘…
Appeal to Chancellor Angela Merkel and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Guido Westerwelle addressed by the Federation of Greek Communities in Germany, in response to the provocative statements made by senior officials of the CDU and FDP
An appeal was made to Chancellor Angela Merkel and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Guido Westerwelle, to intervene in light of the provocative statements of two senior officials of the Christian Democratic Union CDU and the Free Democratic Party FDP, a day before the visit of the Prime Minister in Berlin.
The letter, which was signed by the President of the Federation of Greek Communities in Germany (OEK), Mr. K. Dimitriou and the General Secretary, Mr. A. Manolis, is an expression of outrage on the statements which were made by Josef Schlarman, a member of the coalition government’s Christian Democratic Union Party and Frank Schäffler from the government’s Free Democratic Party, or FDP, coalition partner, who on the occasion of the forthcoming visit of the Prime Minister of Greece, gave the tabloids the opportunity to request that “Greece should fall under the hammer” and estimate the value of the Parthenon in 100 billion Euros.
A few days ago, the Federation of Greek Communities in Germany, had addressed another letter to Ms. Merkel and Mr. Westerwelle, kindly requesting them to appease the German public opinion, with appropriate statements and refrain from answering any acute reactions from Greece towards the uncalled for attacks coming from a portion of the German Press.