What a European solidarity campaign by the German brothers! These are the love selfies to Greece

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You Germans, Print that NO and get out on the streets to protest against Greece….

Bild, frontpage, February 25. 2015

Please, the Bild newspaper continues, send a selfie with you protesting with that NO, back to the Bild

And yes , they did. Voila the friendly Germans, and the true European cuture Germany breeds under its wings

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The German newspaper Bild continues the provocative smear campaign against Greece, a campaign augmenting step by step as the time comes closer to tomorrow’s crucial vote for the approval of the Greek expansion program, aiming to influence the German Members of the Parliament , and also to make the German folk furius against Greece

“NO Other billion to greedy Greeks”, is the huge German title of the Bild

The article then lists the ex prime minister’s Antonis Samaras’ statement on August 23, 2012, by which he was assuring and promising “Of course we will pay our debts, I promise” .

Previously, the article says, there was the George Papandreou’s statement of March 23, 2011,  underlying by his own words : “We will return every penny. Germany will get its money back – with high interest rates, “. We hear constant promise, the Bild says,  which, however, can not believe anymore.

The German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, adds the Bild article, strongly doubts the will of the Greeks, and rightly, article comments, because the Greeks appear to have absolutely no intention to repay their debts.

NO other billion to the greedy Greeks, the article concludes

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Twitter users were quick to reply. Thommy Gunz, as an example, Instead of posting a picture saying “No” to the Greek deal,  posted one with him holding a paper that urges readers to stop bying Bild. “No more €0.80 for the stupid Bild picture”.and twitted : “Something like this, BILD?”

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Germany furious with Times report presenting facts that ex Greek government sent Syrian refugees to central Europe, under “secret deals”

The Times revealed Tuesday, February 24, that Mr. Samaras’ government made a secret deal with a group of Syrian refugees in December offering them official residency papers and travel documents in return for information on people-smuggling gangs. About 200 people have so far been issued with the documents, and most have since left to claim asylum in other EU states.

Syrians who managed to reach Greece have told the Times of London newspaper that they convinced Athens to provide them with official residency papers. Once they had these, they were able to book flights to northern European countries more generous to migrants.

“The arrangement suited both parties, it is alleged. The Syrians did not want to settle in Greece, because the economy was in crisis and there were few jobs. Unlike Germany, it does not promote a policy of family reunification, where migrants can bring relatives to live with them once they are settled.”

Germany’s politicians reacted with fury, The Times said.

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How it started

About 840 Syrians took part in a 24-day sit-in protest in Athens demanding the right to travel to other European countries. They were initially told that they would have to claim asylum in Greece.

Later, the government quietly reversed its position and told them that they would receive the documents that recognised them as legitimate asylum seekers in Greece. They received two sets of papers: a Greek residency pass and Greek travel documents.

With official Greek residency papers, Syrians have been able to book a flight to Germany, rip their papers up during the flight and claim asylum once they land in Germany.

Under EU law, asylum seekers must remain in the first country they arrive in and can be deported back to that country if they travel to other member states.

However, countries that are popular with migrants, such as Germany, Denmark and Sweden, cannot send the newcomers back to Greece because deportations to the cash-strapped country have been suspended since 2011 to help it cope with its own problems.Last month Germany extended its suspension on sending asylum seekers back to Greece by another year. 

Abu Obei, one of the organisers of the Syrian demonstration, said: “When we started protesting in late November, the government [told us] that our only option was to claim asylum in Greece. But after 24 days a member of the government came to us and said we could work out a deal.”

“Refugees come to Greece as a transit point,” said Ahmed, a Syrian who has been in Greece for almost a year after crossing illegally from Turkey. “They want to travel on from here, so the thing everyone wants to avoid is having their fingerprints taken. If that happens, they can be deported back to Greece.”

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Yannis Panousis, the new Greek minister of the interior, said that he was unaware of any sh uch deal, but pledged to investigate the claims.

Greek to me ! has early raised the story of governmental papers provided under “unknown status” to “unkown status immigrants” that cross seas and find themselves in Greece on search of a better life.
Last summer, since June 2014, Greek to me ! exclusive story of immigrants , unknown if ever were medically checked-during the error Ebola days-  were travelling by the approval of the ex Greek government to unkown destinations, but by papers issued by the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Greece, has raised flag for the travellers’ health safety .
An official question by the Independent Greeks ex- MP Vassilis Kapernaros was made on Parliament, but no answer was given.
Greek to me ! brought the story back again on late December 2014, by the Norman Atlantic Disaster, were, as it was revealed, an unknown number of immigrants were travelling by the ferry, -which might be close to 200, according to the Italian Prosecutor- for which the Greek government never said a word .
Go to our Greek to me Pages,   and stay 24/7  informed for the Cross-Road Greece
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The assassination of Greece

http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2015/02/21/the-assassination-of-greece

The reason theEU dogmatically stuck to a ‘failed policy’ was because the EU benefited from the power, privilege and profits of pillage and imperial primacy. The key to EU pillage and plunder was the loss of Greek sovereignty. The two major parties ,New Democracy and PASOK, were willing accomplices. Despite a 55% youth (16 – 30 years old) unemployment rate, the cut-off of electricity to 300,000 households and large scale out-migration (over 175,000), the EU (as was to be expected) refused to concede that the ‘austerity’ formula was a failure in recovering the Greek economy. Moreover, for the Brussels elite to acknowledge failure in Greece would likely result in the demand to recognize failure in the rest of Southern Europe and beyond, including in France Italy and other key members of the EU The ruling financial and business elites in Europe prospered through the crises and depression, by imposing cuts in social budgets and wages and salaries. The reason that all the EU regimes back the EU insistence that Greece must continue to abide by an obviously perverse and regressive ‘austerity’ policy and impose reactionary “structural reforms” is because…..

http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2015/02/21/the-assassination-of-greece.

The original Eurogroup statement text , just published. It is a historical moment for both Europe and Greece

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            400x225  “The Greek authorities have expressed their strong commitment to a broader and deeper structural reform process aimed at durably improving growth and employment prospects, ensuring stability and resilience of the financial sector and enhancing social fairness. The authorities commit to implementing long overdue reforms to tackle corruption and tax evasion

Here is the original text

Eurogroup statement on Greece

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How the dirty pseudo-credibility game of the Eurogroup was refuted by Varoufakis, himself, in less than 24h

How the dirty pseudo-credibility game of the Eurogroup was refuted by Varoufakis, himself, in less than 24h

Yes, Troika insulted the Greeks’ dignity, confessed officially Jean Claude Junkcker

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The Greek SYRIZA MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis reproduced via Twitter the statements of Jean-Claude Juncker saying that the Troika has insulted the dignity of the Greeks

The President of the European Commission said that the Troika insulted the dignity of the people of Greece, Portugal and Spain, stressing that such approach is “undemocratic” and noting that “there were mistakes made”. J.C. Juncker added that the talks should be conducted on an equal level within Europe, explaining that ministers should speak with ministers, not officials, but added that the Troika should continue its work and adding that  noting that the European Commission will examine this issue

“Juncker: ‘The Troika insulted the dignity of the Greeks. Ministers must talk to ministers. Not with employees’,” wrote Mr. Papadimoulis late Wednesday on his twitter account .
 A twit that brought relief to Athens , as having expressed, finally, and confessed, finally  the violation of the nation’s dignity by the top European Commission authority .

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These Greeks do read the drafts before signing them! Tsipras strongly condemned the “multiple agreement draft versions” handling of the failed Eurogroup .

We don’t make not even a single step back from our promises to the Greek people, we start straight away from tomorrow on our structural reforms for the people bleeding from loans, unemployment and poverty,

Tsipras just said on the Parliamentary meeting of the governing party, SYRIZA, (where he proposed the New President of Democracy)  showing his unshakable decision to fulfill his commitments for a national rescue program, by especially focusing on the most vulnerable groups,  Alexis Tsipras emphasized on this statements, some hours after the failed eurogroup agreement of yesterday, The red lines of this government,  Alexis explained, are the No to the “extention”  of the previous Memorandum, and the availability of this government to relieve, as possible, those parts of the population who are bleeding on emergency situation from the Memorandum policies

“The replacement of the one draft with the other, on the Eurogroup yesterday”, underlined Alexis Tsipras, “is the proof  that some parts of the eurozone want to undermine any resolution between Europe and Greece.”

“There is no way back to the Greek life of humiliation,  vassalage,  and depression”, Alexis said . “We will serve our commitment to serve the dignity of the Greek citizen, which concerns any European citizen’s  dignity of today and tomorrow”.

But what’s the story with this draft , that was rejected by Athens as an ‘unacceptable’ European deal ?

“The draft was  “away from what it had been agreed so far. Under these circumstances, Athens sees no way that “there could be an agreement tonight.”

the  Greek Finance minister Varoufaksi stated at the international press briefing just after the eurogroup.

The draft  statement which Greece rebuffed suggested that the Greek authorities should give their “firm commitment to refrain from unilateral action and will work in close agreement with its European and international partners, especially in the field of tax policy, privatization, labour market reforms, financial sector and pensions.”

Greek officials grumbled that Mr Varoufakis was presented with an unacceptable text as soon as he walked into the room. This is the text

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It is a “text not consistent with what has been discussed and agreed upon so far,” the Prime Minister’s office said by a non paper  :

The insistence of some circles to implement the new Greek government Memorandum is absurd and unacceptable. The implementation of the Memorandum program was off the table at the summit. Those who restore it, they are wasting their time.

“Under these circumstances there can be no agreement today.” (in.gr)

Yianis Vaoufakis underlined on his statements after the Eurogroup that he rebuffed this specific draft statement put to him by Mr Dijsselbloem as the meeting got under way . But he would have signed a text put to him before the meeting by Pierre Moscovici, the EU’s economics commissioner.

As  Varoufakis explained, Mr. Moscovici had asked to meet the Greek Finance Minister before the eurogroup meeting, where he had shown him another version of the statement on which Mr. Varoufakis had agreed .

This is the first version of the Moscovici draft

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You can check the similarities and differences, especially on the paragraph3 of the two drafts “The Greek authorities should give their “firm commitment ….pensions” is put afterwards on the Dijsselbloem draft.

 Mr Varoufakis strongly  denounced that Mr Dijsselbloem had refused to discuss a proposal from the executive European Commission that would have given Athens a four-month breathing space in return for the new government holding off on major policy changes.

But , wow! there is second version, also, of the Moscovici draft , as Paul Mason twitted later yesterday, commenting that it was even more improved pro-Greece

The meeting broke up less than four hours after the Eurogroup of finance ministers began talks with the aim of breaking the deadlock over the Greek bailout, three weeks after left-wing party Syriza swept to power in the general election.

But this was not the first time that a multiple version of a eurogroup draft leads Greece to leave the meeting without signing it . Last Wednesday the Greek Finance Minister also refused to sign an agreement draft , “that was trapping this government to fully accept the Memorandum as it were this gov’s responsibility,” and also “trapping this government to sign an extension”, MP of the governing party Mitropoulos had stated, who is a well informed lawyer on his field, after “decoding” the first Eurogroup trap.

And now , what? “The best way forward would be for the Greek authorities to seek an extension of the program,” Mr Dijsselbloem told a news conference.

Mr Dijsselbloem spoke of a need to rebuild trust and and  he emphasized: “Would a new programme look very different? I don’t think so. The rules and regulations talk about strict conditionalities. It would still be about fiscal sustainability.”

Arriving in Brussels earlier, German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said he was “sceptical” about the possibility of a deal. “What I have heard so far has not strengthened my optimism. It seems like we have no results so far,” he said. “I’m quite sceptical. The Greek government has not moved, apparently.”

Alexis, change it all! Tsipras phenomenon chokes the German austerity, which “is chocking the eurozone”

     

In Rome, thousands of Italians marched on Saturday calling on the Eurozone to “Give Greece a Chance”.

On Sunday protests took place in London, Madrid and other European cities, but also continents, -USA -Australia & Canada-  demanding the Greek Breath of Dignity

Angela Merkel’s conservatives in Hamburg, on Sunday, we underline, suffered the worst election result since WWII Anti-euro Alternative for Germany (AfD) party looked set to win its first seats in a regional assembly in west of the country, by the CDU loss of 22 percentage points in the election – one of its worst ever regional results. Looking more closely,

                  

Greece, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Hungary were the EU member states where poverty and social exclusion increased the most during the economic crisis, according to the European Commission’s Annual Review on employment and social developments in 2014

As regards Greece, in particular,

  • the percentage of the population on the verge of poverty or social exclusion increased from 28.1 pct in 2008 to 35.7 pct in 2013, while
  • serious deprivation of basic goods increased in the country from 11.2 pct in 2008 to 20.3 pct in 2013. Also,
  • long-term unemployment in Greece rose from 3.7 pct in 2008 to 18.6 pct in 2013, while
  • the employment rate of the economically active population (25-64 age group) dropped during that period from 61.9 pct to 49.3 pct.

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Greece, by the way, according to a  Parliamentary Budget Office report, is the only EU country not to have implemented a guaranteed minimum income and is among the most sluggish in adopting programmes to address social inequality and aid citizens living in extreme poverty and social exclusion,
This is despite the fact that six in ten citizens are living in or at risk of poverty, the PBO report (pdf) said.
  • The shocking report of the Parliamentary Budget Office for the economic situation of Greek households has revealed that
  • approximately 6.3 million Greeks (some 58.3% on a total population of around 11 million according to the census of 2011) are threatened by poverty leaving
  • 2.5 million Greeks below the poverty line,
  • and 3.8 million in direct danger of crossing the poverty line.

“The demand for social responsibility on the part of citizens is pronounced but what the state offers is characterized by fragmentation and administrative problems.

Thus the social safety net is characterized by inefficiency, while at the same time there are no expectations that income loss due to the economic downturn will be replenished in the near future,” the report  had stated, back in September 2014, when Samaras’ government was reigning
But the thriving Tsipras election since then,  changed a lot, yet in his first 20 days in government: expectations, the pubic feeling and much of the reality the austerity on pro and anti-austerity playgrounds
In southern Europe, popular opposition has been mounting against the fiscal austerity measures demanded by Germany.
” Tsipras government gives other leaders, particularly Renzi and Hollande, strong support in their negotiations with [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel to loosen the purse strings,” explained Luca Fantacci, an economist and the author of Saving the Market from Capitalism. “And this is beneficial not only for Greece, but for the whole eurozone – which is being choked by austerity.
 
Since last November, both Italy and France have been pushing EU institutions for fiscal expansion. Meanwhile, both countries have been breaching the eurozone’s Growth and Stability Pact, which requires member countries to keep budget deficits below 3 percent of their GDP.
 
“In strictly economic terms, there is a widely shared view that expansionary fiscal policies are in the interest not only of Greece, but of Europe as a whole,” Fantacci said.
“The problem [for Italy and others] is how to make them politically viable. It shows that the current form of the monetary union is untenable.”
 

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According to the European Commission review, in Greece, Spain, France and Italy the percentage of the transition from part-time to permanent job status was among the lowest in the EU during the economic crisis, while in Greece and Portugal, 25 pct of the people working part-time within a year were jobless or inactive.

Participation in education was a victim of the economic crisis, according to the European Commission, which in certain countries remained unchanged during the crisis (Greece, Italy, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia) or was reduced (Poland, Hungary).

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John Kerry called to express support, White House standing by Greece’s efforts, step-by-step

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On the peak of the negotiations for the poor Greece, while Greece was trying to position itself on a fair play on the euro table,  the Obama administration has leapt to the defence of Greece, warning Germany and European creditors.

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The US deputy-national security adviser said the eurozone authorities had imposed the main burden of adjustment on the weaker deficit states and should do more to accept their share of responsibility for the euro crisis.

Mrs Atkinson described Europe’s insistence on structural reformrather than stimulus as a false dichotomy since one compliments the other. “You need both,” she said, arguing that a culture of “reverse fiscal dominance” had taken hold as countries become overly alarmed by debt burdens

“They have asymmetric rules. They need to make it socially fairer,” she said.

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Sweet Merkel smiles! Technical solution means a political one, says Tsipras

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Alexis Tsipras’ commitment to the Greeks that Greece is seeking a new deal with its bailout creditors that would not condemn Greeks battered by five bitter years of income cuts, tax hikes and record job losses “to a lifetime of misery”, seems to remain unsheakable.

“We didn’t come to Brussels like the bad student who didn’t do his homework. We came here as Euro-partners, asking for a more fair solution , you have to hear us, and we will hear you, too ” If we come up with a technicla solution, ther will be a political one, said Tsipras .

Alexis said on his press briefing after the eurogroup Thursday . It was the first time he met Angela Merkel, who expecting that meeting, as she had said . She smiled to him repeatedly

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The markets, smiled on Friday , as well

Even though a compromise on…

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