Apparently, debt-ridden and well-behaved Portuguese are better than broke and defiant Greeks. In fact, “Portuguese are good and Greeks are …bad (?)” if we want to believe German Juergen Kroeger, EU representative of the Troika group supervising the bailout package in Portugal. This sentence from Kroeger angered the journalists in Portugal who asked explanations.
“Portugal is not Greece, it is stable and people are good”
Representative in the Troika of the European Commission says there is no risk fro Portugal to become Greece, because, around here, “people are good.” In an interview to “Diário de Notícias” German Troika-man Jürgen Kröger presented an unusual arguments to support his belief. Apart from having a parliamentary majority that supports the objectives of the adjustment program in progress. Portugal has a majority in parliament and the people are good. And in Greece people are not? asks the DdN. “I can not compare,” responds Kröger. (source: Jornal De Negocios)
This news was sent to KTG by reader Ana. She noted in her e-mail:
“I don’t think it is politically correct: either this German guy is saying the Portuguese are dumb, or that the Greeks are scum…
I had to share this with Greece.
He says in the interview that Portuguese are not like Greeks. Portuguese are good people. When the interviewer asks if Greeks aren’t good, he says he cannot compare. What the heck?”
PS Sometimes it is better these Troika guys eat instead of …speak
The newspaper link tranlated into English HERE
Juergen Kroeger or Jürgen Kröger?