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segunda-feira, 18 de junho de 2012

Learning English from Cartoons: New Democracy ...

This cartoon by Dave Brown from The Independent relates to the Greek parliamentary elections, which were won by the conservative New Democracy party.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is shown on a crumbling balcony draped with the Greek flag. She is giving the 'V for Victory' sign to an invisible crowd, while holding a mask in front of her face with the likeness of New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras.


The title of the cartoon is meant to be ironic (ellipsis is used to emphasize the point). New Democracy is the name of the Greek political party which won the biggest share of the vote in Sunday's poll, but the cartoonist is also presenting the elections as new form of democracy—one in which the voters are more or less told how to vote by an outside agent, in this case Angela Merkel. If the Greeks hadn't voted for the pro-austerity party, they would probably have been forced to leave the euro, so the result was dictated more by fear more than anything else. However, that crumbling balcony suggests that any respite will be short lived.

Retrieved from: englishblog.com

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