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The real dividing line in the debate about Greece and the euro is whether Germany and Europe should give in to Athens’ demands, or force Greece to reform? Interestingly, both camps are firmly pro-European.

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The debate is not about lessening Greek suffering. It is not about sorting out the mess in the eurozone. It is not even about writing off the many billions of euros of debt that Greece has amassed.

No, the question that has divided both the German and European public so fundamentally is a different one. It is about what it means to be a “good European”: Is acceding to the Greek government’s demands the best way to serve European integration? Or does a commitment to Europe necessitate Athens giving in?

Read the complete article in the Berlin Policy Journal App – July/August 2015 issue.

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