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June 26, 2011

Euro Swastika

Protestors in Athens

One of the interesting things about the “Nazi Euro” in this Greek protest photo is the lack of crudeness in the sign. It’s at once believable and “a tell” to what this is really about: Greek resentment toward the rest of the EU, but especially the slick, prosperous Germans perceived to be dictating to the humbled, hairy, have-nots of Greece.

The unspoken communication: ‘We may be all too fallible, but YOU used to be a Nazi and you’re trying to make us a puppet state again.’

— Karen Hull

(photo: AP caption: Protestors in Athens demonstrating against austerity measures. From: Greece Back on the Brink – Spiegel)

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