Minister writes to thank Gunter Grass for poetic support

Greek Education Minister Froso Kiaou wrote to German Nobel laureate Gunter Grass (photo) on Wednesday to thank him on behalf of Prime Minister Panayiotis Pikrammenos for a recent poem in which he criticized the European Union’s handling of the Greek crisis. “With a poet’s sensitivity you express, again, your love for the spirit and history of Greece, a cornerstone of Europe and European civilization,” the letter said. “You can be sure that the poem gave strength to our people during these difficult days.” Greece was being disparaged as a country “below junk value,” Grass wrote in his poem. He said Greece was being “abandoned as a naked debtor in the dock, a country suffers... and is condemned to poverty.”  

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