Letter to Schäuble (EN) – 2015-02-02

Dear Minister Wolfgang Schäuble

In the attachment please find an appeal of German Greeks (i.e. immigrated Greeks) and Greek Germans (i.e. philhellinists) that had already been signed by more than 300 personalities even before the elections. This appeal differs from similar appeals as it emphasizes the special historical and cultural relationship between our countries (which is considered as one of the most important ones after the German-French relationship) – as well as the special obligations arising from it for Germany. It differs also as it argues in plain language. It is directed at the class of the media as well as the political class. All 10 items of the appeal have become highly topical even more after the elections. We approach you as the Minister specifically responsible for this issue. First and foremost we want to lead your attention to issues 8,9, and 10 of our appeal: Cancellation of debts and negotiations at government level without preconditions.

Dear Minister, we are sure that you do not consider the one-eyed vision of some German key media as your example (“Bild“ on 27th January: “The Greeks are going to get all of this!“) A fair quantity of Chinese porcelain –the relationship between Germany and Greece- will be seriously hurt. Actually it particularly depends on you whether our relations will be irreversibly broken in historical terms with this one-eyed vision: We ask you to act politically and not only technocratically. We ask you to recognize that the agreements of the troika have in the meantime proved to be misguided and poor policies that have totally failed, a policy that our appeal calls a “policy of the prewar Chancellor Brüning“ in order to recall the catastrophic consequences of this kind of policy in Germany. Open up your barricades and stop stalling, break the fatal taboos and do not withdraw any longer behind empty political rhetoric such as “cancellation of debts is no topic“ or “competitiveness“ (see our item 7). It would be sad for all participants if you went down in history as a new Brüning and as the “hardliner“ triggering a catastrophe, as one who will be hated in Greece into eternity.

Everybody knows that your taboo-breaking word would be appreciated in the EU with great relief. Say this word and open negotiations on government level about a large-scale debt cancellation for Greece. We are sure that the new government will accompany and ensure it with a finally effective punishment of the oligarch corruption (item 4 of the appeal).

Yours sincerely

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Link (for the initial signatories)