Greece: Der Spiegel, Samaras "out of touch with reality"
Athens is the beggar of Bruxelles, writes the German magazine,
The author of the article ponders, "how a member state of the EU and a Eurozone country could be so similar to countries such as Afghanistan or Pakistan and therefore that Greece is not a member state but a failed state." The article goes on to suggest that many Brussels officials are convinced that Greece will need further financial support during the next two years. The total estimated amount will be approximately 8-10 billion euros. "Despite these predictions," continues the article, "Antonis Samaras promises a Greek presidency of hope." Last but not least, Der Spiegel doubts whether Greece will ever be able to recover from the problems that it faces, due to poor administration, ineffective justice and incompetent politicians.