Greece and Spain helped postwar Germany recover by canceling war debt. Good deed not returned.
Greece outside of the USSR and maybe after Poland suffered the most civilian deaths at the hands of the Nazis in proportion to their population and her wealth was stolen en mass as was here agricultural production (many Greeks starved to death from a Nazi imposed famine). We can say many things about how Greece can be blamed for her economic problems but Greece had a longer road to recover from WW2 than most European countries (including a brutal Cold War fueled post WW2 civil war). I won’t make any excuses for Spain because they were run by a fascist Hitler sympathizing dictatorship.
So here we have Greece, which shed blood fighting the fascists for Europe (and helped win the Battle of the Atlantic with her considerable merchant marine fleet and was present at D-Day) and helped defeat communism in a brutal civil war and the western capitalist economies could care less. No good deed ever goes unpunished it seems.
Greece and Spain helped postwar Germany recover. Spot the difference
Sixty years ago, half of German war debts were cancelled to build its economy. Yet today, debt is destroying those creditors
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 27 February 2013 07.24 EST