Greece spends more of its gross domestic product on the military than any other European Union country, largely due to long-standing tension with its neighbor, historic rival and NATO ally, Turkey.
"The Germans and the French have them over a barrel now," said Nick Witney, a former head of the European Defence Agency. "If you are trying to repair Greek public finances, it's a ludicrous way to go about things."
France is pushing to sell six frigates, 15 helicopters and up to 40 top-of-the-range Rafale fighter aircraft.
Greek and French officials said President Nicolas Sarkozy was personally involved and had broached the matter when Papandreou visited France last month to seek support in the financial crisis.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Here Greece, buy some warships to settle the Cyprus issue with our NATO ally Turkey. Great.