European Press Creates Caricatures of Greek Crisis

The political deadlock has once again brought Greece to the center of attention of the European and international press. Some of the biggest newspapers in Europe have decided to give their own unique perspective on the matters of Greece’s government formation upheaval, the country’s future, the single currency and the Hollande-Merkel relations in light of possible alternatives that could be found on a European level. This time we won’t be dealing with verbal exaggerations and huge articles for Greece, but with sarcastic caricatures.

The British Independent shows an ancient Greek marble column as an iceberg threatening the European Titanic while Hollande-Merkel “guarantee” safety in the Eurozone.

The Guardian shows Merkel as the “Liberty Leading the People” by famous French painter Eugène Delacroix, adding the comment “Austerity Electing a New People.” In a second caricature, the Guardian shows 300 Greeks trying to form a government and guard the “Hot Gates” against Chancellor Merkel and other European troops, adding the playful title “300th attempt to form a Greek government.”

The German newspaper Tagesspiel presents horror alternatives that the Eurozone can opt for, while the newspaper Badische Zeitung shows a Greek abandoning a European boat to be found in the ‘safety’ of political extremism while thanking Zeus for the help.

Other newspapers, including the Belgian La Libre, depicts Greece as a contemporary Sisyphos, while the Belgian Le Temps shows Europe bringing Greece against two options.