EURO2012 Polkraine Weekend Soccer Preview and Economic Update!

Translation: “Bye, bye Greeks. Today we won’t be able to save you!”

This afternoon, in the special nation created for the event, Polkraine, Germany gets to take out its aggression against a team of Greeks whose uniforms Germany paid for (by and through adidas). But adidas is not the only form of shackle that Greece must wear in this game. The bailout they took whole heartedly along with the austerity they semi-accepted have weighed down their country and raised hopes if not expectation of the team. They are financially and perhaps morally indebted to the Germans. The Greeks need a victory here to increase citizen morale. On the other hand, should Germany lose, they will most likely invade.

Germany should win, for all the stereotypical reasons, better organized, more efficient use of human capital, etc. But soccer and nationalism are funny things and sometimes produce unusual results.

Full disclosure: The author is a German citizen (and an American one!) so let this be an open thread on the European economy, the European championships, jus sanguinis and jus soli,

UPDATE: Germany won, 4-2, which means Greece now has to pay back the bailout on an accelerated timetable.



  1. View from Brookhaven says:

    You weren’t expecting anybody to reply to this, were you?

    Was not expecting 6 goals from this one.

    Looking forward to the Azzurri smashing England this weekend. Hopefully Balotelli will rip out Rooneh’s ridiculous hair plugs.

  2. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    Germany expecting Greece to pay them back anytime soon is like a drug dealer extending credit to a drug addict and expecting to be paid back in a timely manner, if ever.

    The way that things are going for Greece (and the much of the rest of the European Union) right now, it looks like Germany is going to need a bit of luck to get their bailout money back.

  3. saltycracker says:

    Why didn’t Germany just bail out their banks to some degree rather than give money to the Greeks to pay their banks back ? Do they export that much to them ?

    Neither Country’s citizens can be made happy in this mess as neither will ever have the same cultural approach.

  4. CobbGOPer says:

    They didn’t have to create Polkraine, they just re-instituted Greater Poland, as most of Ukraine was once part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. That is, before Russia, Prussia, and the Hapsburgs partitioned it all.

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