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What follows is an outline of the Greek sovereign debt crisis from a perspective that is certainly not mainstream - at least not in the sense of what every major political, economic, and media outlet loves to hate nowadays. For my interpretation as to how the crisis came about will be neither structural nor cultural. Of course, national economies do grow or decline because of social and economic substructures, political institutions, and cultural traits. Yet, these refer to long-term processes whereas serious sovereign debt crises usually evolve over relatively short (often too short) periods of time. Sovereign bankruptcies, much like those of large private companies, occur because three unfortunately too human factors are allowed to carry the day in the highest echelons of strategic decision-making. These are irresponsible greed, incompetence, and irrationality (a term which many a time is meant more as an euphemism for stupidity).