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Let me pick out a few more bits from this horribly jumbled assemblage of vagueness masquerading as a line of argument about Greece:

Unlike Serbs, Romanians, or Bulgarians, their history has been intimately entwined with that of the West.

In what way is Romania's and Serbia's relationship with the Kingdom of Hungary and later the Habsburg Empire a weaker tie than whatever Greece had before WWII?

It has never been an easy member of either the EU or NATO

Has that uneasiness ever approached the uneasiness of France in NATO and Britain or Denmark in the EU? Not to mention NATO non-member and EU semi-sceptic Sweden?

From the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s it was ruled by a military junta, and could not join the European Community until it shifted to democracy.

As opposed to Spain & Portugal (no democracies for much longer periods)? Not to mention post-communist Central Europe (which wasn't all that democratic before WWII either)?

Its leaders often seemed to go out of their way to deviate from Western norms and to antagonize Western governments.

Without saying which are the Western norms in question and what were the concrete examples of deviations, this means nothing. Or, more correctly, it expects the reader to fill in with his own prejudices.

It was poorer than other Community and NATO members

Not poorer than Portugal. For that matter, at the time of their accession, Spain and Ireland were pretty poor, too.

Its behavior as president of the EU's Council in 1994 exasperated other members

...as opposed to which other presidency, exactly? But I'm not sure what he refers to in case of the 1994 Greece presidency: possibly the sanctions in the FYROM dispute or Greece's insistence on granting Cyprus and Malta membership candidate status.

bringing oil from the Caucasus and Central Asia to the Mediterranean through a Bulgarian-Greek pipeline

Ignoring for a moment that this is first and foremost an economic matter, nothing happened for 15 years while the project evolved into the South Stream project. However, at the end, the Greece route was abandoned, because Greece chose the rival Trans Adriatic Pipeline project, which involves Italian, French, German, Norwegian and Azeri companies. Meanwhile South Stream went ahead on a different route, with every other Balkans country plus Hungary, Austria and Italy on-board. And even this Greece-avoiding South Stream was overtaken in time by the already operating Nord Stream to Germany – so much for that supposed Orthodox special relationship.

The Cold War antagonist of the Soviet Union is evolving into the post-Cold War ally of Russia.

18 years have now passed but this didn't came to be, even as Greece has suffered through five years of enforced austerity.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Mar 4th, 2014 at 06:10:18 AM EST
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