Greece in 1974 was a nation of old women in black dresses and overburdened donkeys carrying heavy loads up steep narrow cobbled paths under a sky through which roared the F4 Phantoms of Nato's air defence system. The millionaire shipowners moved in international circles, transported by BOAC, whilst the poor were fishermen and subsidence farmers. Fierce shepherds with sharp knives and Lee-Enfield rifles guarded the rocky uplands against wolves and the twentieth century, occasionally raping and dismembering any hippy travellers careless enough to cross their path. The idea that any nation could grow from this to one with a per capita GDP of $30,000 in thirty years is risible; and as Blue Eyes has pointed out, Greece retains a sewer system that can't even cope with toilet paper.
Yet this was the great EU con trick. Jam for all, paid for by a Ponzi banking scheme and transfers from the wealthy to the marginal EU nations. Expectations were raised, poor and gullible populations were led to believe that the change was permanent. The intention of the authors of this gigantic fraud was that Europe would be cajoled into political union before the money ran out and the Ponzi scheme collapsed. It hasn't happened that way.
Now Europe's margins are being forced to shrink back to where they would have been with free trade and open borders alone, without all the funny money. Sure, the wealthy nations are being forced to continue the transfers, less now to ease the transition than as a desperate rear-guard action by the Federasts to keep their dream alive at the cost of the people of Europe. Now is the time for the conned and gulled peoples of Europe to do to the EU what the people of Libya have done to Gaddafy. The evil has gone on long enough.