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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Christos P. Panagopoulos
NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The top Greek diplomat in Washington says his nation's first budget surplus in more than a decade should go a long way toward persuading international creditors to ease up on some of the austerity measures that have been forced on Athens.
Athens, he said, is prepared to put its full weight behind the talks on the condition that the outcome is a single, unified Cypriot federation — even if that means two ethnically divided states.
"I'm almost 60 years old," he said. "I never met a Nazi in my country, a country that fought, with all its soul, fascism and the Nazis. In all societies there is a very insignificant group — let's say 1 percent — that they adopt the Nazi ideology. In normal times, that would be insignificant, nobody cares about it. But in a period of extreme turmoil, social reaction and economic upheaval, these forces, they gain support. Not because there are more Nazis, but because of the frustration of the people toward the political system."