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EU must now lend the Greeks sympathetic ear

Perhaps it's fitting that from the cradle of democracy itself the flames of freedom and hope once more burn a little bit brighter in European politics.

The land where, in 480BC, King Leonidas and 300 Spartans stood and fought against tens of thousands of Persians in the Battle of Thermopylae.

Now a modern-day Battle of Thermopylae is set to be waged in Greece, once more against seemingly insurmountable odds.

It remains to be seen how this fight will pan out, but one thing is for sure: the Germans would do well to remember recent history and the leeway afforded to them after the Second World War, when billions were written off to help a crippled and defeated nation back on its feet.

The modern EU is a great idea, but the subjugation of national sovereignty to serve the interests of an elitist few is an alarming, sinister development.

SEAMUS HANRATTY

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