German Nobelist Grass Criticizes EU’s Greece-Policy in “Europe’s Shame” Poem

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German Nobel Laureate for Literature, Günter Grass (84) wrote a poem. About Greece. The poem with the title “Europe’s Shame” is a harsh criticism of Europe’s policy towards Greece.  

In his poem Günter Grass deplores Greece as a “country without rights,  the self-opinionated power ties the belt tighter and tighter”. Greece “as debtor placed naked on the pillory” , “taxed on scrap value”.

The poem consists of twelve two-line stanzas each. Grass speaks directly to Europe. The work begins with the lines “near the chaos, because the market is not just, you are far away from the land, that lent you the cradle.” Greece would be “dumped”:  “As debtor placed naked on the pillory, a country suffers, to yield it thank it was a just an expression of yours.”

Grass’ latest work will appear on Saturday in German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. – and I do hope some epxert would do a proper English translation

“Europe’s Shame” appears two months after Grass’ controversial poem in which he harshly criticized Israel and triggered an outrage.

Günter Grass (born 16 October 1927) is a German-Kashubian novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is widely regarded as Germany’s most famous living writer.