Germany and Greece Take Their Fight to the Pitch
I love soccer (excuse me, “football.”). And I actually really enjoy tournaments like the Euro Championships or the World Cup because they remind me of the very powerful patriotic emotions that still exist, even in this supposedly post-national age, and even in the post-national E.U. Who needs a European Constitution? I will truly believe in the Euro-State when the Europeans give up their national teams and send a single European team to the World Cup. Until then, I am not buying this whole United States of Europe thing.
Which brings me to the recent Germany-Greece match, which took place amid continuing tensions over Greece’s struggles to remain in the Eurozone. With German leader Angela Merkel on hand, German fans did not hold back, taunting the Greeks:
But the Greek fans’ response was absolutely precious:
“We’ll never pay you back,” countered the Greeks. “We’ll never pay you back.”
And they never will…