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  • In July 2015, Greece voted against further austerity measures in exchange for bailing

  • out their tremendous debt. This move has continued to strain the relationship between Greece

  • and Germany, as the two major players in the EU’s debt crisis. But this isn’t the first

  • time the two countries have come head-to-head. So, why do Greece and Germany hate each other?

  • The two country’s difficult relationship can actually be traced back to modern Greece’s

  • beginnings. In the 1830s, Greece finally established itself as independent from the Ottoman Empire.

  • Their first ruler was Otto from Bavaria, a German state. However, Otto was still a teenager

  • at the time so Greece was actually ruled by three other Bavarians, who were not welcomed

  • by the Greeks. This eventually led to King Otto’s deposition and the Queen’s near

  • assassination. This rocky start didn’t bode well for the future of their relationship.

  • Fast forward to World War II, when Hitler invaded Greece in 1941. The following German

  • occupation led to hundreds of thousands dying of hunger or being murdered. Over a million

  • Greeks were made homeless, and Greece’s banks were drained to fund the war. In 1944,

  • German soldiers massacred over 200 Greeks in retaliation for the deaths of seven Nazi

  • soldiers. Greece's grievances concerning this event have continued till today.

  • In 1960, Germany paid Greece roughly 60 million Euros as war reparations, and said they owed

  • them no more. Greece passionately objected to closing the issue, and the debate continued

  • for decades. In 1997 a Greek court found that Germany was responsible for further compensation

  • for the 1944 massacre. However in 2012, The Hague ruled that Germany was immune from foreign

  • lawsuits, sparking the ire of Greek citizens.

  • Today, the two countries continue to be at odds over the money Greece owes its creditors.

  • The Greek Prime Minister argued that the amount of money due to them in reparations would

  • cover a significant portion of the debt in question. Greece has threatened seizing German

  • property to pay for the alleged reparations. Meanwhile Germany and the rest of the Eurozone

  • are desperate to find a solution that keeps the EU economy from collapsing from Greece’s

  • inflexibility. The two countries have a tense history that is doing them no favors in calming

  • the waters.

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Why Do Greece And Germany Hate Each Other?

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    Halu Hsieh posted on 2015/07/20
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