Greek Education Minister Froso Kiaou wrote to German Nobel laureate Gunter Grass (photo) on Wednesday to thank him on behalf of Prime Minister Panayiotis Pikrammenos for a recent poem in which he criticized the European Union?s handling of the Greek crisis.
?With a poet?s sensitivity you express, again, your love for the spirit and history of Greece, a cornerstone of Europe and European civilization,? the letter said.
?You can be sure that the poem gave strength to our people during these difficult days.?
Greece was being disparaged as a country ?below junk value,? Grass wrote in his poem.
He said Greece was being ?abandoned as a naked debtor in the dock, a country suffers... and is condemned to poverty.?