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PostIn Greece, Anti-Americanism has been Replaced by Anti-Germanism (Harry Papasotiriou, Greece, 10/17/19 3:49 am)
John E asked whether I would still describe Greece as the most anti-American nation in Europe, as I had claimed in a 2004 New Yorker piece by George Packer.
In fact, Germany replaced the United States as the most antipathetic nation among Greeks in the years of the Greek crisis. Under the Radical Left and Nationalistic Right coalition government of 2015-2019, US-Greek relations became better than probably ever before, in spite of the anti-American past of both parties. The United States supported the remaining of Greece in the euro and seems to have been instrumental in bringing this about against the desires of the German Finance Minister Schaeuble at the height of the Greek crisis.
More recently under both Obama and Trump, we have witnessed growing military cooperation between Greece and the United States, in large part because Erdogan's Turkey has become an unreliable ally. The United States joined the Greece-Israel-Cyprus East Med collaboration, making the formula 3 plus 1. Pompeo's highly successful visit in Athens two weeks ago lasted for several days without any significant hostile demonstration, unthinkable as late as even ten years ago.
Attached is a not very good photo from Pompeo's public speech in Athens (I was present).
JE comments: See below. Harry, did Pompeo have anything new or interesting to say? If my chronology is correct, the visit preceded the Trump bombshell in northern Syria. I'm curious if Pompeo knew what Trump was about to do.
What's the word in Greece about Erdogan's offensive against the Kurds? Is it outrage, or relief that an age-old enemy is bleeding himself elsewhere? Some pundits are predicting that Turkey will be expelled from NATO. I doubt this will happen, but would such a scenario actually benefit Greece?
US Secretary of State Pompeo in Athens