Gunter Grass stands by poem about Greece and Europe

Germany?s Nobel literature laureate Gunter Grass has confirmed he wrote a poem which attacked Europe for its treatment of Greece. The poem, called ?Europe?s Disgrace,? was published in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper on Saturday but the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) claimed that it had been written by the editorial team of the Titanic satirical magazine, not Grass.

?I am the author of this poem,? Grass told Kathimerini on Sunday. ?The malicious report in FAZ shows the low quality of this newspaper.?

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.?