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Ancient and modern

How Solon would have solved the Greek crisis

The EU is pursuing just the sort of policy that took ancient Athens into deep trouble

4 July 2015

9:00 AM

4 July 2015

9:00 AM

The combination of terror and outrage with which Brussels has greeted Greek Prime Minister Tsipras’s referendum tells us everything we ever needed to know about the EU, i.e. stuff the people — what have they to do with us?

The farmer-hero Dikaiopolis in Aristophanes’ comedy Acharnians (425 BC) felt much as modern Greeks must do when the Athenian Assembly refused to do anything about the war against Sparta.

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