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#GreekGov acceptance of the No Way Out in #NorthAegean isles due to EU-Turkey deal causing repetititve resignations in Ministry of Migration

Mytilene, Lesvos, September 2015, 25.000 refugees in the port area awaiting the boat to Athens

The third consecutive resignation within seven months has sent, reportedly, the Secretary General for Migration Policy Mr. Vasilis Papadopoulos, denounces the situation in the Greek islands “with the ever growing concentration of migrant and refugee population”, following the example of the previous Secretary General Odysseas Voudouris who resigned nearly two months ago …..

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Tsipras, Lagarde agree first program review should not be delayed

Neither Greece, nor the International Monetary Fund (IMF) want to delay the completion of the country’s first program review, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Fund’s head Christine Lagarde agreed during a meeting in Davos on Thursday.
According to the prime minister’s office, Tsipras and Lagarde agreed that the government and the IMF should have direct communication so that each side has a clear understanding of each other’s position.
The prime minister also briefed Lagarde on the audits conducted by Greek authorities for possible tax evaders who have bank counts abroad, noting it is the first time that there is political will to investigate those cases and not cover them up. Finally, he said the government is hoping to collect a significant part of this money by introducing a legislation of “self-reporting”.

Following the meeting, the IMF issued a press release saying that it stands ready to continue to support Greece in achieving robust economic growth and sustainable public finances through a credible and comprehensive medium-term economic programme, but only if it was granted “significant” debt relief by its European partners.

Earlier, Tsipras said during a panel discussion that solving Europe’s problems required “more Europe”.

“We are doing what we can in order to progress quickly and smoothly with the implementation of the agreement,” he said, and expressed hope that the disagreements and different views that occasionally arose between the three institutions representing the country’s creditors would not be the cause of further delays.

“This is not the time for various ‘exits’, whether these concern ‘Grexit’ or ‘Brexit’, or for divisions, or walls, or differentiations,” the Greek premier continued. “It is a time for more Europe: Common rules, deepening democracy, strengthening solidarity, an increased European budget in order to restrict inequalities, banking union with a European system for guaranteeing deposits,” he added.

According to Tsipras, it was time for Europe to return to its founding principles, which were those of democracy, solidarity and social cohesion.

Addressing issues raised by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who said the International Monetary Fund’s presence in the Greek programme was essential and compared asking German lawmakers to sanction its removal to “going into a room full of dynamite with a lit candle”, Tsipras made the following comment:

“I too am no supporter of the view that one should attempt to light a candle in a room full of dynamite. Neither, however, do I have the view that on this account one must constantly be in the dark. The best solution is to remove the dynamite from the room and then light the candle.”

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@tsipras_eu to Merkel: #Refugees screening should be done in Turkey, #Greece says no 2plans for joint #SeaPatrols 

the port of Lesbos rom the boat, by the Stauue of Liberty standing in the middle of the hundredts of tents of refugees staying there waiting for their ticket to Europe

the port of Lesbos from the boat, by the Statue of Liberty standing in the back and all around the hundreds of tents of refugees settled there waiting for their ticket to Europe

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coming closer to the port of destiny…

stepping out in the port of Mytiline that's what you see

stepping out in the port of Mytilini that’s what you see

Alexis Tsipras said officially NO to Angela Merkel talking on the phone on Wednesday October 14, hours before the European Council for Migration, and while Turkey had gladly said Yes to joint patrols of Greek and Turkish Naval and Coastguard Patrols in the Aegean.

Instead of that the Greek Prime Minister insisted to ask the identification screening procedure of migrants and refugees to be held on the Turkish coast, before the migrants make the journey of life-or-death that has lead to hundreds of drownings in the Aegean waters, and which make them pay to smugglers more than 2000 euros each.

This is a proposal officially first made by the official Lesbos’ Municipality Plan for the refugees crisis Response, by the Mayor of the island Spyros Galenos, who had already made diplomatic contacts with his counterparts in Turkey, and had found them positive so far, as the official document reports .

Jean Claude Junker had also officially received the proposal early enough, by late September, but had transposed the responsibility of   assessing it as a whole to the EU Commissioner of Migration, the Greek  Dimitris Avramopoulos, who has not answered so far and plans to visit Lesbos after the EU Council on October 15, as is announced.

But the mayor of Lesbos official presented the proposal to the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, and the Austrian Chancellor Faymann on their visit to the island on October 6, and had analysed all the steps made so far, to make possible the solution of the identification procedures to be held on the Turkish coast . And this is what Alexis Tsipras openly and bravely chose to support , even though Jean Claude Junker openly asked the Greek part to say YES to joint patrols  After the NO of the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on public statements, while the scenario of joint patrols was still not formally presented to the Greek government, the Greek PM Alexis Tsipras openly repeated the NO to Angela Merkel , and immediately answered to her arguments for better safeguarding EU’s external borders by proposing the screening and identification procedures to be held on Turkish coast. What will be done, remains to be seen  not   Today is the critical meeting

Go to our Greek to me ! story on full details on this story , we have made full awareness early enough, based on Paris Karvounopoulos, the Defense reporter information about the common German and Turkish

Go to our main article by Greek to me !,

Joint Patrols in Aegean, -by EU blessings-, the trap of Turkey’s humanitarian guise

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find the news update on the eurobserver, as of Wednesday October14, 2015  Greece says no to plan for sea patrols with Turkey

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“This is why I call you to judge me #Greeks…” @atsipras Party splits hours after he resigned for #Grelections

“This is why I call you to judge me #Greeks…”, @PrimeministerGR said, resigning for #Grelections

Lafazanis, Konstantopoulou, Varoufakis, Stratoulis, all of them anti-MoU among Tsipras’ Party, but not among the 25 Split SYRIZA signatures the two (popular at most, both) in the center

25 lawmakers announced their move in a letter to Parliament on Friday morning in Athens, hours after Alexis Tsipras resigned and called an early election to deal with a rebellion in Syriza over his signing Greece’s third bailout deal and accepting austerity measures demanded by creditors. Among the 25 former Greek MPs are not Zoe  Konstantopoulou, the President of the Greek Parliament, who has strongly opposed the Memorandum agreement of the Prime Minister nor is the Popular Yianis Varoufakis

The new group, which will be called Popular Unity and will be led by former energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, becomes the third largest group in the Greek Parliament.

That means it could potentially receive the mandate to try to form a new government, although, it is not a party that has gone through national elections’ round yet, which might not allow them to get the mandate at all, professors of Constitutional Law said to the Greek media today

Having been catapulted to power after years of oppositions to Greece’s bailouts — which come paired with austerity and structural reform packages — the remaining members of Syriza now find themselves tasked with implementing one, the businessinsider commented.

But, still, It still looks quite likely that Tsipras will be Prime Minister in two months,BI’s article assessed.

Syriza remains popular in comparison to the alternatives. After getting 27.8% of the vote in the January election, the centre-right New Democracy party now regularly polls below 20%.

It’s possible that Tsipras will have to form a new and different coalition, the BI article assumes, but seems that there will be no alternative bloc in parliament to build a majority around. It’s not clear for the moment, how much support Popular Unity might sap from Syriza.

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“This is why I call you to judge me #Greeks…”, @PrimeministerGR said, resigning for #Grelections.

#IMF report revelations for unsustainable #Greekdept leave eurozone countries without arguments against @PrimeministerGR

478990122Euro zone countries tried in vain to stop the IMF publishing a gloomy analysis of Greece’s debt burden which the leftist government says vindicates its call to voters to reject bailout terms, sources familiar with the situation said on Friday to Reuters, as its exclusive report wrote

The Europeans were also concerned, the Reuters exclusive artcle further reveals,  that

the report could distract attention from a view they share with the IMF that the Tsipras government, in the five months since it was elected, has wrecked a fragile economy that was just starting to recover.

“It wasn’t an easy decision,” an IMF source involved in the debate over publication said. “We are not living in an ivory tower here. But the EU has to understand that not everything can be decided based on their own imperatives.”

The board had considered all arguments, including the risk that the document would be politicized, but the prevailing view was that

all the evidence and figures should be laid out transparently before the referendum.

“Facts are stubborn. You can’t hide the facts because they may be exploited,” the IMF source said.

The document released in Washington on Thursday said Greece’s public finances will not be sustainable without substantial debt relief, possibly including write-offs by European partners of loans guaranteed by taxpayers.

It also said Greece will need at least 50 billion euros in additional aid over the next three years to keep itself afloat.

Publication of the draft Debt Sustainability Analysis laid bare a dispute between Brussels and the Washington-based global lender that has been simmering behind closed doors for months.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras cited the report in a televised appeal to voters on Friday to say ‘No’ to the proposed austerity terms, which have anyway expired since talks broke down and Athens defaulted on an IMF loan this week.

It was not clear whether an arcane IMF document would influence a cliffhanger poll in which Greece’s future in the euro zone is at stake with banks closed, cash withdrawals rationed and commerce seizing up.

“Yesterday an event of major political importance happened,” Tsipras said. “The IMF published a report on Greece’s economy which is a great vindication for the Greek government as it confirms the obvious – that Greek debt is not sustainable.”

At a meeting on the International Monetary Fund’s board on Wednesday, European members questioned the timing of the report which IMF management proposed at short notice releasing three days before Sunday’s crucial referendum that may determine the country’s future in the euro zone, the sources said.

There was no vote but the Europeans were heavily outnumbered and the United States, the strongest voice in the IMF, was in favor of publication, the sources said.

In Brussels, the way the IMF communicated the findings was seen as confusing, misleading and politically unhelpful.

The European Commission had produced its own debt sustainability analysis, based partially on IMF data, which is less pessimistic in its scenarios and is one of the documents mentioned on the Greek referendum ballot paper.

Diplomats said the IMF’s publication of the study was a way of making clear it would only be part of any future loan pact with Greece if the Europeans included debt relief in the mix.

Germany and its north European allies have said the IMF’s presence is indispensable both to win parliamentary backing for aid for any euro zone partner, and to keep the European institutions honest. Berlin suspects the European Commission of being too soft on Greek efforts to wriggle out of reforms of pensions, taxation, public sector wages and labor law.

The European Central Bank, ( which has made Banks close in Greece as soon as the referendum was announced , we note)  the third partner in what used to be called the “troika” of bailout enforcers, is also keen to keep the IMF involved, the Reuters article writes.

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Berlin’s DIW president: There will be a political solution (for Greece) at the highest level ~ HellasFrappe

Marcel Fratzscher, president of Berlin's DIW, one of the leading economic research institutes and think tanks in Europe,

Marcel Fratzscher, president of Berlin’s DIW, one of the leading economic research institutes and think tanks in Europe,

Berlin’s DIW president: There will be a political solution (for Greece) at the highest level ~ HellasFrappe.

     “Our proposal is to link the payment of the loans’ interest rates with the growth of the Greek economy. If there is no growth, as is the case right now, Greece will not pay interest rates.
“I am neither a friend nor an opponent of Mr. Varoufakis. I am a friend of the good ideas that improve the situation and that is why I find the proposal correct because the Greek government assumes greater responsibility, the burden of Greece’s debt alleviates and is ensured that at some point in the distant future, when Greece recovers then it will be able to service its debt and interest, while the Greek people will be able to afford the burden of debt. I think that this is a good compromise,” he noted.

Moreover, he expressed the view that there will be a new haircut of the Greek debt. “Even if the issue of a haircut is considered a taboo at the moment in Europe and Germany, I am deeply convinced that there will be another cut. There is no alternative, if not immediately, probably later, when we find that the debt burden is simply too big. A part of the 240 billion euros was used to repay debt and interest rates. Yes, one can say that it did not remain in Greece … I do not know the exact figures, but certainly more than half the debt has been paid to lenders.”

He also estimated that the new government in Greece is an opportunity for a new start. Greece needs a political jolt, a political renewal. Nevertheless, I regret that it did not make good use of this chance … the Greek government rightly argues that we must deal with social injustices, to see how people will ensure minimum living conditions. Its failure is that it has not given a clear message that it wants to renew the country economically and politically. I

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USA stoped talking, said German sources, when asked by Schaule to pay 50blns for #Greece….

While President Barack Obama was exressing  his personal determination for the Greek euro crisis to be solved, on his talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel  in Bavaria, German sources, as Greek media announced,  leaked the telephone conversation between the Finance Ministers, Wolfganng Schauble and Jack Lew, were the US Finance Minister appeared as “comporomising” with the German to Greece demanding stance , when …”he heard the bill”
As  the correspondent of Mega channel in Berlin revealed, the Mega reported, the dialogue of the two men, according to German sources was as follows:

Jack Lew: Greece has to be supported
Schäuble: Why not let YOU ( the US)  pay 50 bln euros to be saved!
Jack Lew

On this point , of Ja ck Lews not-a-word for an answer, the German sources, the greek report said,  have explained that
    
      “When Money quest  comes at the table, Washington always sets back …”.
“Have you heard a more silencing asnwer than that, what do you say ?”  The ex minister of Health Adonis Georgiadis wrote immediately on his social media  twitter account

11128333_955848017788751_1014432244297891026_n  Άδωνις Γεωργιάδης

16 hrs  Ο απίστευτος διάλογος Σόιμπλε-Λιού για την Ελλάδα – http://t.co/3XccUF81cq αποστομωτική απάντηση Σόιμπλε ή όχι τί λέτε;

On the same concept with the Lew-Schauble leaked dialog, also President Barack Obama was presented on Sunday, June 7, by the Greek media
to be “compromising to Germany’s strict demands for Greece”, on his talks with Merkel in Bavaria, due to this final point: the money asked from the US to be paid for the rescue of Greece
 White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Sunday that President Obama and Chancellor Merkel discussed Greece in their bilateral meeting ahead of the G7 summit .
 As the White House spokesman said the two leaders agreed that
Greece must reform and return to sustainable long-term growth, with Obama hopeful Athens and its partners can chart that course without causing volatility in financial markets, the spokesman added.

(which is actually what Greece has expressed is its intetnion to be.)

But the Obama-Merckel talk was not the only stressful “frontier” Greece had to face during last weekend

 In a day of secluded talks in the Alpine resort of Schloss Elmau, the biggest drama was provided by a verbal attack on the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, by the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, the Guardian wrote

President Obama was not the only one, (and not for his first time), that tried to bridge the differences of the two sides on Greek crisis.

Recently,  World’s Top Economists  and Educators by their full scientific credibility -worldwide- and expertise, sent their Appeal to Europe, which, as it was made known, was asking:

“In the Final Hour, a Plea for Economic Sanity and Humanity”

An impressive list of some of the world’s top economists and professors, even a Nobel Laureate included in the list, penned a letter to the Financial Times asking for economic sanity” and “humanity” from Europe, calling the programs the Eurozone is imposing on Greece “demonstrably failed.”

The complete text of the letter follows:

The future of the EU is at stake in the negotiations between Greece and its creditor institutions, now close to a climax. To avoid failure, concessions will be needed from both sides. From the EU, forbearance and finance to promote structural reform and economic recovery, and to preserve the integrity of the Eurozone. From Greece, credible commitment to show that, while it is against austerity, it is in favour of reform and wants to play a positive role in the EU.

In a letter to the FT in January, several of us said: “We believe it is important to distinguish austerity from reforms; to condemn austerity does not entail being anti-reform.” Six months on, we are dismayed that austerity is undermining Syriza’s key reforms, on which EU leaders should surely have been collaborating with the Greek government: most notably to overcome tax evasion and corruption. Austerity drastically reduces revenue from tax reform, and restricts the space for change to make public administration accountable and socially efficient. And the constant concessions required by the government mean that Syriza is in danger of losing political support and thus its ability to carry out a reform programme that will bring Greece out of the crisis. It is wrong to ask Greece to commit itself to an old programme that has demonstrably failed, been rejected by Greek voters, and which large numbers of economists (including ourselves) believe was misguided from the start.

Clearly a revised, longer-term agreement with the creditor institutions is necessary: otherwise default is inevitable, imposing great risks on the economies of Europe and the world, and even for the European project that the eurozone was supposed to strengthen.

Syriza is the only hope for legitimacy in Greece. Failure to reach a compromise would undermine democracy in and result in much more radical and dysfunctional challenges, fundamentally hostile to the EU.

Consider, on the other hand, a rapid move to a positive programme for recovery in Greece (and in the EU as a whole), using the massive financial strength of the Eurozone to promote investment, rescuing young Europeans from mass unemployment with measures that would increase employment today and growth in the future. This could both transform the economic performance of the EU and make it once more a source of pride for European citizens.

“How Greece is treated will send a message to all its eurozone partners. Like the Marshall plan, let it be one of hope not despair.”

Prof Joseph Stiglitz
Columbia University; Nobel Prize winner of Economics

Prof Thomas Piketty
Paris School of Economics

Massimo D’Alema
Former prime minister of Italy; president of FEPS (Foundation of European Progressive Studies)

Prof Stephany Griffith-Jones
IPD Columbia University

Prof Mary Kaldor
London School of Economics

Hilary Wainwright
Transnational Institute, Amsterdam

Prof Marcus Miller
Warwick University

Prof John Grahl
Middlesex University, London

Michael Burke
Economists Against Austerity

Prof Panicos Demetriadis
University of Leicester

Prof Trevor Evans
Berlin School of Economics and Law

Prof Jamie Galbraith
Dept of Government, University of Texas

Prof Gustav A Horn
Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK)

Prof Andras Inotai
Emeritus and former Director, Institute for World Economics, Budapest

Sir Richard Jolly
Honorary Professor, IDS, Sussex University

Prof Inge Kaul
Adjunct professor, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

Neil MacKinnon
VTB Capital

Prof Jacques Mazier
University of Paris

Dr Robin Murray
London School of Economics

Prof Jose Antonio Ocampo
Columbia University

Prof Dominique Plihon
University of Paris

Avinash Persaud
Peterson Institute for International Economics

Prof Mario Pianta
University of Urbino

Helmut Reisen
Shifting Wealth Consultancy

Dr Ernst Stetter
Secretary General, FEPS (Foundation fro European Progressive Studies)

Prof Simon Wren-Lewis
Merton College Oxford

“They believed that by cutting wages and accepting other austerity measures, Greek exports would increase and the economy would quickly return to growth,” Stiglitz said last week. “They also believed that the first restructuring would lead to debt sustainability. The troika’s forecasts have been wrong.”

The current proposals repeat the same mistake,

the Guardian article on June 7 underlined

Tsipras and his finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, may specialise in needling their creditors, but the troika also need to take into account the fact that Syriza has formed a legitimate, democratically elected government and cannot be told that its electoral programme is irrelevant.

So Lagarde and European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker must be the ones to table further compromises.

Neither was in charge when the first Greek bailout set all sides on the current disastrous path, the gurdian underlined, concluding that

They should explain to Ireland and Portugal, also suffering austerity, that Greece is too weak to survive more bloodletting.

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Realistic is only the Greek Proposal, said @atsipras after meeting with Juncker, in good climate discussion, though

It lies on European Leader's hands the decision for a Non Divided Europe

It lies on European Leader’s hands the decision for a Non Divided Europe

Alexis Tsipras by Jean Claude Juncker walking out their meeting on 11.30 Brussels time at Commision Building on Greece's

Alexis Tsipras by Jean Claude Juncker walking out their meeting on 11.30 Brussels time at Commision Building on Greece’s “Thriller night ..”

Realistic is only the Greek Proposal, said @atsipras after meeting with Juncker, in good climate discussion, though.

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You hear things different on the press, we are close to agreement, Varoufakis tells euronews

Fire and brimstone show EU deal is close, Varoufakis tells euronews | euronews, world news.

Yianis Varoufakis talks to Euronews " We are  close "

Varufakis denied suggestions that personal relations between him and the other finance ministers had deteriorated irreparably. Bloomberg news reported today that ministers had referred to Varoufakis as a “time-waster” a “gambler” and an “amateur”, but the former economics professor insisted the situation was very different.

“There is a major disconnect between what you hear in the press and the actual reality on the ground. We are adults and colleagues, we respect and even like each other,” he told euronews. He did admit, however to “a certain intensity at times regarding the negotiations” and predicted that the talks might have to “reach the very last moment before a mutually beneficial outcome emerges from a conflicting narrative”.

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