“Spoiled Brats” or “Anti-capitalist Pioneers”. Turkish Views of the Greek Crisis

  • Ioannis N. GrigoriadisEmail author
Part of the Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean book series (RTM)


The outbreak of the Greek crisis generated interest among its neighbouring states. Turkish views were among the most striking, as they were informed by long-standing stereotypes and domestic politics. Two main narratives emerged. The first pointed at Greece as the “spoiled child of the West”. The dire state of the Greek state and economy was then juxtaposed with what was presented as a “Turkish success story”, underwritten by the policies of the AKP administration. In the second view, Greece appeared as a bastion of the global left resistance movement and Greeks as anti-capitalist pioneers, fighting against neoliberalism and globalization. The indignados movement, the refusal to abide by the demands of the creditors and the 5 July 2015 referendum all attracted considerable interest and offered insights into Turkish politics.


Turkey Greece Stereotype Crisis Left Modernization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationBilkent UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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