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Extra! German Weekly Der Spiegel Depicts Merkel With Nazis In Athens

The cover of this week's issue of the German weekly Der Spiegelshows a smiling Angela Merkel spliced into a photograph of Nazi officers standing by Athens' Parthenon during the German World War II occupation of Greece.

Along with the headline, "How Europeans see Germans — the German Supremacy," the controversial cover was published two days before the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' first official visit to Berlin Monday to meet the German chancellor.

The far-left Greek leader, who was elected two months ago, is expected to present a list of precise reforms that Greece would be ready to carry out. Tsipras has blamed Germany and its austerity policy for the poverty and mass unemployment in his country. On the other hand, Berlin, Greece's largest single creditor nation, insists more cuts and reforms are required from the new Greek government.

The controversial cover was also a reference to the emergence in recent weeks of the dormant issue of German World War II reparations to Greece. Der Spiegel also says the Greek Treasury had compiled a 194-page report on the amount of money the country should receive, which is said to include an 11 billion-euro compensation for the "Distomo massacre," in which 214 people were killed by Nazi soldiers.

Although relations between the two European countries are strained, Tsipras told the Greek daily Kathimerinithat Monday's visit would be the opportunity to talk "without the pressure of any negotiation."

ABOUT THE SOURCE: Der Spiegel(The Mirror) is among the most highly respected weekly magazines in the world, known both for its investigative journalism and global coverage.

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The Trumpian Virus Undermining Democracy Is Now Spreading Through South America

Taking inspiration from events in the United States over the past four years, rejection of election results and established state institutions is on the rise in Latin America.

Two supporters of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dressed in Brazilian flags during a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Bolsonaro supporters dressed in national colours with flags in a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on November 4, 2022.

Ivan Abreu / ZUMA
Carlos Ruckauf*

-Analysis-

BUENOS AIRES — South Africa's Nelson Mandela used to say it was "so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build."

Intolerance toward those who think differently, even inside the same political space, is corroding the bases of representative democracy, which is the only system we know that allows us to live and grow in freedom, in spite of its flaws.

Recent events in South America and elsewhere are precisely alerting us to that danger. The most explosive example was in Brazil, where a crowd of thousands managed to storm key institutional premises like the presidential palace, parliament and the Supreme Court.

In Peru, the country's Marxist (now former) president, Pedro Castillo, sought to use the armed and security forces to shut down parliament and halt the Supreme Court and state prosecutors from investigating corruption allegations against him.

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