Once a source of mockery, Greeks adopting Germanesque austerity

There was a time and a place when residents of Greece looked askance at the German proclivity toward penny-pinching. The debt crisis, however, has changed their tune and now many Greeks wait in lines at discount stores and even relish the opportunity to boast about their frugality.

“People also take a sense of pride in demonstrating to others how the crisis has affected¬†them, and many social gatherings in Greece would now remind filmgoers of a memorable scene from Richard Curtis’s Notting Hill, in which the protagonists are having a “misery contest” over dinner, with the one producing the saddest act winning the prize of the last brownie,” Georgios Christidis writes in der Speigel.

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