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Public Apology for abusive statements against Greeks and the Greek people

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Refrain from abusive statements against Greeks and the Greek people

Insulting and agitating statements about the Greek people as a whole have dramatically increased in Germany in conjunction with the financial crisis. This trend culminated in the statements made by MP and head of the christian democrats of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg Thomas Strobel. On July 13 2015 he stated on German public television:

“The Greek has been annoying long enough”. Note that, according to typical German language usage this statement refers to the entire Greek people.

Thomas Strobel is not an anonymous MP. He is vice-chairman of the christian democrats in Germany and vice chairman of the parliamentary group of the christian democrats in the German national parliament.

As a German citizen and son of a Greek father that grew up in Athens, Greece, I find this sweeping agitation against the Greek people at the highest political level totally unacceptable. We need to fight against this together. Irrespective of our personal political view on the financial crisis, our peoples should not permit to be incited against each other in such a way.    

I therefore ask Thomas Strobel to revoke his statement about “The Greek” and publicly apologize for his statement.

Petition letter to Thomas Strobel:
Revoke your sweeping and denigrating statements about “the Greeks” and apologize for these statements in public. Commit yourself to an objective and factual debate about Greece.

About the Initiator

Prof. Alexandros Stamatakis grew up in Athens, Greece. He studied at and obtained a PhD in computer science from the Technical University of Munich with internships in Lyon, Paris, Athens, and Madrid. Currently he is the group leader of the scientific computing group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies. At the same time he his full professor of computer science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and adjunct professor at the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona at Tucson (US).

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