It’s not the first Greek-bashing campaign and not the last one. Squadron commander, tabloid Bild Zeitung launched a campaign urging its readers to say “No” to “more billions to greedy Greeks”. Bild readers should print a huge “NEIN”, make a selfie with it and e-mail it to the newspaper.
Reason for the campaign is the voting in German Parliament on Friday, that will approve the program extension as agreed at the Eurogroup of February 20th.
“Morgen soll der Deutsche Bundestag schon wieder neue Milliarden-Hilfen (13,7 Mrd. Euro) für Griechenland genehmigen.
Zum 5. Mal! Darum sagt BILD jetzt: NEIN! zu neuen Milliarden-Geschenken an Griechenland!”
Tomorrow the German Parliament will approve again new billion-aid (13.5 billion euro) for Greece.
For the 5. time! Therefore BILD says now: NEIN! to new billion-presents for Greece!”
I don’t know how many BILD-readers already sent their “NEIN-selfie for Greece”, but it is certain that some sent a “NEIN-selfie for BILD”.
“No more €0.80 for stupid Bild!”
I am sure you don’t seriously expect me to write here how Greeks reacted to this BILD campaign. We both get blushed…
Quite a number of German internet users express strong concern about Bild’s “right- populist” course
Correspondent of Radio France International quoted in his blog a German journalist who commented to Bild campaign:
“In the articles of” Bild “, you replace” Greeks “with” Jews “and it reminds you of the good old times.“
And a Brit noted:
@BILD cheap political games also insults most Germans.Anti-GER backlash.Dangerously spins a vicious circle of nationalism:ideal for fascism
BILD gets ready for Blitzkrieg
German satire website Der Postillon came behind the real cause of the Bild campaign “because politicians do not do their job”. Der Postillon reveals that with this campaign the BILD in fact wants to
“recruit Reader-Soldiers in order to invade the heavily indebted Greece, annex the most beautiful islands and throw the rest of the country out of the euro zone.”
Just hours after the call- to-action, “200,000 volunteers have already gathered together, motivated by their years-long hate against the “lazy Pack” in Greece. For the time being they are supplied with inexpensive “People’s assault rifles” and absolve shooting drilling.
In addition, military experts believe that BILD-Readers are the best soldiers due to lack of critical thinking and thanks to blind obedience.” (Full article in German Der Postillon)
BTW: I have realized that BILD has made some progress in its anti-Greek rhetoric. It is not the “broke Greeks” (Pleite-Griechen) anymore but just the “greedy Greeks” (gierige Griechen).
One never stops wondering about the unlimited bashing & bullying Greeks have been exposed to since beginning of the crisis.
And one keeps wondering how much bashing & bullying established media should be allowed to do in the name of “freedom of the press and opinion.”
UPDATE: German Journalists’ Union (DJV) issued a statement demanding from BILD Zeitung the immediate stop of the campaign.
“You may dislike or reject the German policy towards Greece, but a campaign trying to directly influence policy decisions is forbidden by the described journalists’ tasks,” said DJV-President Michael Konken.”The Selfie action by Bilde.de exceeds the limits of a political campaign.”
In addition, “it is ethically questionable when media vilify a whole nation for the fiscal mistakes of its politicians,” the DJV statement said.
PS some of my readers urge me to conduct a survey on whether Germany should exit the euro zone in the name of European spirit & solidarity. Hm…