Greece: The Neighbors' Verdict

Moments before the delegates were scheduled to recess for a luncheon of poached bass at the Italian embassy, Foreign Minister Panayotis Pipinelis of Greece interrupted the proceedings. Waving his hand in the air, he told Italy's Aldo Moro, chairman of the Council of Europe meeting in Paris: "I have something further to say." With that, the small, sharp-featured Pipinelis, 70, announced that Greece would resign immediately from one of Europe's most prestigious political forums. He did not have to explain why. Everyone in the room knew that the first order of business after lunch would almost certainly be to suspend...

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