We might have been considering the Christmas Grinch as a pure ‘fictional character”. But reality proves we were wrong: the grumpy, the anti-holiday spirit exists. And thus not alone but together with its clones.
This year’s Grinch came from Germany and outright in a double pack. In form of Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and a Bavaria’s conservative interior minister Joachim Herrmann. They both lashed out at Greece for dealing with the Refugee crisis and they tried with their coarse attitude to steal our Greek Christmas. But they failed.
Finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has clashed repeatedly with Greek officials this year over economic policy, told Bild am Sonntag that Athens has for years ignored the rules that oblige migrants to file for asylum in the European Union country they arrive in first.
He said German courts had decided some time ago that refugees were not being treated humanely in Greece and could therefore not be sent back there.
“The Greeks should not put the blame for their problems only on others, they should also see how they can do better themselves,” Schaeuble said.
Joachim Herrmann, the interior minister of the southern state of Bavaria, that has taken the brunt of the refugee influx to Germany, criticized the way Greece is securing its external borders.
“What Greece is doing is a farce,” Herrmann said in an interview with Die Welt am Sonntag newspaper, adding that any country that does not meet its obligations to secure its external borders should leave the Schengen zone, where internal border controls have been abolished.
According to Reuters, in contrast to his criticism of Greece, Schaeuble sought to offer to compromise with eastern European countries that have voiced reluctance to accept migrants under EU quotas.
“Solidarity doesn’t start by insulting each other,” Schaeuble said. “Eastern European states will also have to take in refugees, but fewer than Germany.”
while the Greek government totally ignored Bavarian Herrmann – no one in Greece knows him and doesn’t want to too- an answer came by the government spokeswoman, Olga Gerovassili:
“Someone should remind Schaeuble that Greece is giving a big humanity battle and thus under economic and social crisis conditions after 5 years of austerity.”
MEP Manolis Glezos added to this praising the “spontaneous aid given by Greeks to the refugees” and thus in times when they do suffer from austerity and humanitarian crisis.”
PS what the German Grinches do not know is that Santa comes to Greece on New Year’s Eve. Therefore, they have the chance to restore.
Being a Grinch all through the year must be exhausting – unless it’s in one’s DNA, right?