Never before have the Greek media talked so much about the foreign media. French newspapers such as La Tribune or the German Die Zeit – which are seldom mentioned otherwise – have made the headlines. International news has suddenly become attractive because it talks about Greece. Some commentators are mildly critical of this; others turn prophet. But all focus on the Brussels angle: what is the connection between Angela Merkel’s problems at home and her attitude towards Athens? How many more austerity measures will the European Commission insist on? Serious analysis runs alongside images such as the “Victory of Samothrace as a beggar” (1). The general tone is one of resignation.