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Greeks in Munich Pen Angry Letter After German Council Votes to Take Back Land for Greek School


German municipal authorities in Karlsfeld, 12 kilometers from central Munich, have angered the Greek community following a decision to take back a plot of land benchmarked in 2001 for the construction of a Greek school. The construction deal had outlined a specific deadline for the creation of the school. With only the frame erected, the council decided to take back the plot of land following successive delays in the project. The decision, following a vote on Thursday was 78-2 in favor of the demolition of the existing structure prompted a response by the Greeks in Germany.

The letter, signed “Greek Community” and addressed to the “Greek political leadership past and present,” states that “incompetent representatives of every government from 2001 to the present” have stripped the Greek community of Munich of their “dream.” “The Greek Community accuses you… and asks the also-incompetent government of today whether it has the courage to expose those responsible for this outcome.”

In response to the letter, Deputy Education Minister Theodosis Pelegrinis, responsible for matters of the diaspora, wrote an article on the issue in Kathimerini. “For 15 years, governments did nothing and we were treated with suspicion by the Bavarians because of the obtuseness of previous governments,” he wrote, adding that the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) government tried to move ahead with construction but were unable to reverse the “climate of unreliability bequeathed to us.” He pledged that the government would try to reverse the decision.

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