The April 9 editorial, “Greece’s troubling pivot to Putin,” suggests that German chancellor Angela Merkel’s “strong leadership and fiscally conservative values” are to blame for Greece’s fiscal problems. That assessment is exactly backwards.

Greece could have employed fiscal policies similar to those of Germany but chose not to. It followed a very liberal fiscal policy more similar to communism in Russia and China than to the capitalism of Western nations.

It should be no surprise that Greece is in desperate trouble or that it might look to Russia for help.

The Greeks, however, will be very surprised and dismayed when they wake up some morning to find that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin owns their country.

Terry W. Ryan

Captiva Row