A period of Greek ungovernability may be helpful to France's new president, and to Europe. By Yanis Varoufakis.
Greece and France go back a long, long way. The Greek revolution, that procured our small, and constantly problematic, nation-state, was a spinoff (to all intents and purposes) of the French revolution and the culmination of a Greek Enlightenment that owed everything to the French Enlightenment (and almost nothing to either its German or Scottish variants).
More recently, when I was a teenager in Greece, the restoration of our democracy coincided with the landing at Athens’s Ellinikon airport of the French presidential jet that was carrying back from exile Mr K. Karamanlis, a conservative politician who had spent the dictatorship years in Paris, befriending the French president and converting into a kind of Gaullist politician. It was this closely-knit duo of politicians, Vallery Giscard d’ Estaing, the French centre-right president, and Karamanlis, that persuaded both the Europeans and the Greeks that it was a good idea for Greece to enter the then European Economic Community.Add a comment