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Greece v. Germany: Monty Python Sketch Offers Crisis Insight

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Sun, 05 Jul 2015 03:35:28 Z)

The economic crisis that threatens Greece and the European Union is the subject of great disagreement amongst experts and diplomats, but a Monty Python comedy sketch produced in 1974 might help explain.

Lead Stories' Trendolizer picked up on a trending story by the Washington Post's Max Ehrenfreund which suggest watch the sketch to better understand:

"Greece simply cannot repay its debts, economists argue, no matter how much the country slashes public services or raises taxes. So by insisting it keep on trying, the thinking goes, Germany seems to be intent on punishing Greece. The Germans see it differently, saying what they are doing may be painful, but necessary, to get the country on a sustainable footing for the long term. To understand the massive gap in opinion, it might help to watch a Monty Python sketch from 1974 about a soccer match between Germany and Greece."

The match features Greek philosopher Socrates in a dispute with German philosophers G.W.F. Hegel, Immanuel Kant and Karl Marxover over a last-minute goal. The referee is China's Confucius.

Watch the full sketch:

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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