POLITICS > Euro group president blames Ottoman heritage for Greek crisis


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Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker briefs the media after an informal European Union leaders summit in Brussels May 24, 2012.  REUTERS Photo

Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker briefs the media after an informal European Union leaders summit in Brussels May 24, 2012. REUTERS Photo

The "Ottoman invasion" of Greece is the main cause for the country’s current financial crisis, Luxembourger Prime Minister and Euro Group President Jean-Claude Juncker has said, noting the negative impact the occupation had on Greece’s fiscal development, according to daily Hürriyet.
"Greece is a very big nation but a very weak state," Juncker said during an interview with Politique Internationale. "It's the truth: Their fiscal management is not working. There is no staff, no real trade history, which is the heritage of the Ottoman invasion."
Juncker also told Politique Internationale that Spain and Portugal had better chances of recovering than Greece, which may take years to get back on its feet.
"How can you privatize anything when such important factors are missing?" Juncker said.


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mr who

6/7/2012 4:49:23 AM

Juncker should look afield at European colonies for example Southern Americas the Greeks abandoned the whole Ottomans system of bureaucracy and took on a squashy European system which they the European wanted at time to fail so they can split and divide

john albay

6/6/2012 7:44:18 AM

it would be better for everyone if the EU kick out greece and their greek cypriot puppet state of south cyprus,both of whom are bankrupt. Very soon the eurozone will fall apart and with it the EU. Very glad that Turkey and the TRNC are not in this club as we would also have to pay for the corrupt greek goverments swindle.It is not just greece,they started this mess it is spain and italy that will be the end of the eurozone and the EU but greece started it all (as usual they start all trouble)

SamB B

5/29/2012 10:39:37 PM

Perhaps there is hope for a Greek-Turk alliance........sounds crazy under the current circumstances...........but I believe that just such an alliance works out for everyone's benefit....... Too bad there's so much emphasis place on vengeance for some long forgotten insult from 2000 years ago. Tribal is as tribal does.................

SamB B

5/29/2012 10:36:43 PM

Most of you posters are making the same mis-judgements over and over........based on centuries of misguided propaganda and deliberately false history: 1. Greece is still Greece..... Trojans? remember them? Trabizond? Greek colony. 2.Then there's (1000 years) period of Byzantium.......Constantinople? Everyone was called "Greek". 3. After the Crusades destroyed Constantinople....the "Turks" were able to pick up the pieces and create Osman's Empire(Ottoman) 4. Ataturk was from Salonika...Greece!


5/29/2012 7:55:02 PM

@Dorus: I would say the idea that the 'west' is an identity that surpasses our identity as 'human' is what is wrong with europe. That is why it would have been good for europe and the world had turkey could have joined the EU. it wont join however as this 'us and them' appoach is endemic in europe as well as in turkey

kemal H

5/29/2012 7:45:37 PM

The EU threw a welcome party for the new EU citizens the Greeks. The high and the mighty from EU capitals arrived early and were enjoying their drinks, but were very anxious about the late arrival of the Greek delegation. When a group of scruffy, unshaven men dressed like peasants walked into the hall., you could of heard a pin drop such was the silence and shock. Then one of the EU representatives enquired where were the Greeks .

jeffrey Jeffrey

5/29/2012 7:30:30 PM

I think the real problem is that Greece has been living off its Helenic heritage and expects the rest of Europe to pay its way. This has been going on for a long time but when Greece got a chance to hitch a ride on the EU and then the Euro, things blew out of proportion. What the Luxembourg PM should be asking is how much financially better off the EU would be if it kicked out Greece and Cyprus and admitted Turkey.


5/29/2012 5:20:11 PM

Orthodox East has never been part of the reformation and never been truly part of the West. And it shows!


5/29/2012 4:16:12 PM

@kemal: It doesn't make difference to me, besides EU is supposed to move towards federalization at least that was the original vision. In that case there will be an even more powerful central government and all states will be regions of the federal state.


5/29/2012 4:09:17 PM

@Murat: in that case Turkey is an invention of Ataturk who tried to unite all muslim people of declining Ottoman empire. In other words your population has no other homogeneity than religion. Even that expperiment has partially failed, given that more than 10 million Kurds have not assimilated it your society though being muslims
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