GREECE: Void after Venizelos

The greatest Greek of modern times died last week far from the rocky headlands he loved.

Eleutherios ("Liberty") Venizelos, 72, "Father of the Greek Republic," who was born on what was the Turkish island of Crete, singlehanded doubled the area of modern Greece, tripled its population, dethroned and throned its Kings, led its only winning wars and won for it a prestige based, not on its actual importance, but on the respect his character had won at the council tables of Europe. As last week opened he was in exile in Paris, beloved of half the Greeks,...

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