Germans and Greece

Julian Borger (13/5) alleges that “Greece’s deep democratic roots” are vouchsafed by the fact that the Athens “Parliament building that makes up one side of Constitution Square was converted from a royal palace not long after the foundation of modern Greek democracy in 1830.”

In fact nothing particularly notable happened in 1830. However, in 1833, the Great Powers of Europe imposed upon the Greeks King Otto, a German-born absolute monarch who abhorred democracy. After 30 years of oppression and misrule, in 1862, revolution drove the despised Otto into exile in his native Bavaria. He fled Greece as he arrived — aboard a British warship.

Hasn’t Greece suffered enough already without having its history falsified as well?

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