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The Euro 2012 European football championship in Poland and Ukraine has reached the quarter-final stage.
From now on, it is the “knock out system”: if a team loses one match, it is out. The winners proceed to the next round.
Tomorrow, Friday evening east European time, in Gdansk in Poland, Germany will play Greece.
Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, will be there.
Earlier, there had been news that Ms Merkel’s government would boycott the football championship. As a protest against violations of the rights of Ukrainian ex-prime minister Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko; now in jail for corruption.
Not that human rights were any better when Ms Tymoshenko and her “orange” coalition still ruled the Ukraine. Ms Merkel cares about Tymoshenko, not because she cares about human rights in general. But because Tymoshenko, a pro-NATO and pro-austerity politician, is, in the Merkel administration‘s view, on the “our guys” side.
Most Ukrainians do not like the idea of joining NATO; then, rising military spending because of NATO membership would wreck the already weak Ukrainian economy. So, Tymoshenko lost the 2010 elections.
If Ms Merkel would really care about universal human rights, then she would not make plans to destroy workers’ rights all over Europe. She would not damage Greek children’s health and condemn Greek pensioners to eating from garbage cans by her vicious austerity policies. She would not limit the Greek people’s right to vote to the right to vote for pro-austerity parties (Merkel’s contempt of democracy helped her Greek sister party get a Pyrrhic victory in the recent elections, with a minority of votes for all pro-Merkel bailout parties together, but a small majority of seats because of a dubious 50 seats extra rule benefiting the biggest individual political party).
Now, the German soccer team has proceeded to the championship quarter finals. Suddenly, the Merkel government forgets, not only about the human rights of Greeks and of workers all over Europe, but about the human rights of Ms Tymoshenko as well. No more boycott. Ms Merkel will be on one of the most expensive seats in the stadium (don’t worry Angela, German taxpayers will pay). I don’t know whether Ms Merkel really likes football. I just know that many politicians know that football is more popular than they are. So they go to matches which are on TV, hoping that some of the sport’s popularity will rub off on them.
Germany-Greece: a very symbolic match, tomorrow evening. Most soccer pundits expect Germany to win. Those pundits, in an earlier stage of the championship, expected Russia to win against Greece as well. However, Greece won, and the Russian team, one of the favourites, were out.