I will leave it to others to comment on the economics of the disaster visited on Greece by the unelected ideologues of the European Union. I suppose this is what we must expect when a left-wing politician actually wins an election. I wish rather to react to the situation in Greece as a philosopher. We philosophers hold Greece in a special place in our hearts. It is where our profession began, two and a half millennia ago. Socrates is to us what Bach is to music lovers and The Babe is to baseball aficionados.
Now, I understand that the French have always had an affinity for the Romans and to Latin, which bears an easily understood relationship to their own Gallic tongue. But I always thought the Germans loved the Greeks. Look at Nietzsche, at Hegel, at Heidegger. How can the Germans, of all people, be deliberately destroying the Greek economy? Have they never visited Athens, walked in the Agora where Socrates taught the young Plato? Have they, at long last, no conscience? I am glad I never took the trouble to really master the German language.
Angela Merkel should be ashamed of herself.