One of the side effects of the Eurozone crisis has been to awaken old ethnic animosities. This has been especially true in Greece, where sectional antipathy does not make fine distinctions among different types of northerners.
Many thanks to Hermes for translating this brief article from Die Welt:
Greeks break the nose of a Dutchman
First they asked if he was a German, and after that they said “Dutch or German, it’s the same”. Two Greeks broke the nose of a Dutch pensioner, according to the reports.
A Dutchman living in Greece has been victim of an attack on xenophobic grounds in connection with the EU austerity program. According to what his Greek wife told the Greek newspapers, two Greeks in the small tourist town of Monemvasia broke the nose and the jaw of the 78-year-old man by punching him.
The alleged perpetrators, 45 and 48 years old, who according to the police were both drunk, “asked the Dutchman if he was a German,” said his wife. He answered: “No, I’m Dutch”.
After this they allegedly hit him, and one of them answered: “Dutch or German, it’s the same. What are you doing to our country?”
The victim has been living in the region for ten years. Since the attack He has been hospitalized in Tripolis, on the peninsula of Peloponnese.
This is the first attack of its kind since the eruption of the financial crisis. For months extremists from both the left and the right wing in Greece have been spreading an anti-German feeling. As the police stated on Tuesday morning, the attack happened on Sunday.