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Best & Worst of the Week: Nominees

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Continuing HALC’s “Best & Worst” of the week series, here are the nominees for this week. Every week, HALC’s Facebook community votes on who should win each category. The results are announced on our Facebook page every Monday. The nominees are:


1.  French President François Hollande

Within 12 hours of being sworn in, the newly inaugurated French president, François Hollande met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel  and voiced his support for Greece:

“[My] responsibility is to give Greece a signal. I see the suffering and challenges that the Greeks feel. The Greeks need to know we’ll come with growth measures that will allow them to stay in the euro zone.”

Mr. Hollande continued to show his backing for Greece when he met with President Barack Obama at the White House.

For courageously standing up for Greece so early on in his presidency, François Hollande is this week’s first Best of the Week nominee.

2.  Greek wine makers

Greek wine makers ranging from large manufacturers to boutique vineyards are visiting New York as part of an International promotional tour. Stellios Boutaris, whose family owns the Kir-Yianni winery, stressed how important it is to stay positive and described himself as:

 “A guy who always sees the glass half-full…there have been so many journalists coming to talk about Greek wines because they are looking for a positive story about Greece. And right now, it is.”

For seeing the crisis as glass half-full and bringing positive press to Greece, the Greek winemakers are a Best of the Week nominee.

3.  Greek-Americans 

As the debt crisis in Greece begins to worsen, more and more Greek-Americans are coming together in hopes of bolstering the teetering Greek economy.  From organizing fund-raising walkathons to hosting food and clothing drives, Greek-Americans are doing all they can in order to stand by Greece.

Andrew S. Natsios, former administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, said that Greece’s safety net is disintegrating along with its health care system, and hunger is forcing families to return to depopulated islands to grow food.

“I don’t think people realize how serious this is,” Mr. Natsios said. “We know that families are breaking up now over this, people can’t support their children. I’ve never seen anything like this, actually, since World War II.”

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  1. Daniel Altman 

Daniel Altman wrote a ridiculous piece in Foreign Policy arguing that liquidation of state assets and sale of Greek territory to neighboring countries is one way to solve the Greek Crisis. After Greeks responded negatively to his suggestion, Mr. Altman stated that the suggestion was “a joke.” Mr. Altman should leave the comedy to the comedians:

 “When a company goes bankrupt, its creditors have the option of chopping it up into pieces to recoup their debts and claim their shares. Greece could do the same, offering all or part of itself to other countries in Europe and beyond. Along its northern and western edges are large, ethnically Albanian, Macedonian, and Turkish communities that have occasionally been the subject of extraterritorial claims by groups in neighboring countries. These countries might be willing to pony up a lot of cash in return for a change in Greece’s borders. Foreign billionaires who enjoy their Mediterranean holidays might also be persuaded to pick up an island or two.” 

Congratulations Mr. Altman, you easily made it as this week’s first Worst of the Week nominee.

2. Turkish EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis

Turkey’s European Union Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis said he hoped Greece would deal with its own economic problems, instead of dealing with the FYROM’s name issue.  The Greek Reporter has more:

“Bagis advised Greece to mind its own business, and let things be when it comes to the Skopjan issue and the regular invasions of Turkish military aircrafts above Greek islands.”

3. Golden Dawn 

The Greek government along with the Jewish community condemned the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party this week after their leader publicly denied there were ovens or gas chambers at the Nazi concentration camps.  Golden Dawn head Nikolaos Michaloliakos claimed that 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust was an exaggeration:

“There were no ovens — it’s a lie. I believe it’s a lie. There were no gas chambers either.” 

For their Holocaust denial, Golden Dawn secures the last spot on our Worst of the Week nominee list.

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