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#Tsakalotos “seals” his letter to “Scrooge” creditors with faithfulness #Greece

 

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Greek Finance Minister officially declared the country’s “adherence”, “compliance” and “faithfulness” to Greece’s creditors by his apology letter sent to promise  that Tsipras’ government will never give any relief to the poorest of the country without the creditors permission.

But before that , he cleverly chose to show his bravery to the Greek audience- and only- ,  reminding …

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#Grexit in a bottle, Yay… “Zum Wohl”, such a #moodhack!

Grexit in a Bottle? Oh...right on time... Zum Wohl! Is it for Greeks?

#Grexit in a bottle, Yay… “Zum Wohl”, such a #moodhack!.

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@yanisvaroufakis publishes on air Greece’s proposals and asks the world to judge them …

Yianis Varoufakis launched on air today on his personal blog Greece’s official proposals to thte last Eurogroup, urging readers to judge themselves “whether the Greek government’s proposals constitute a basis for agreement”, and answering this way to the “malicious leaks” and misinformation as he said, by plain “transparency ” (and it was not the first time the minister hmself, had to write down the Greece’s truth, word by word)

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“The key emergency is to secure a dialogue with adults in the room,” International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said after listening to Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis expound in Luxembourg on Thursday. “What we lack is a dialogue.”

According to Brussels’ sources, Lagarde introduced herself on the June 18 eurogroup meeting to Varoufakis saying: “the criminal in chief comes to say hello”, referring to Prime Minister’s speech in Parliament couple of days earlier.

Yianis, can't be but a gentleman

Yianis, can’t be but a gentleman

To make the bitter moments Greece is going through on the last days, a bit juicier, enjoy  the most juicy tweet posted on these 24h on Yianis-Chrisitne “love-or-hate affair”

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Yanis Varoufakis

The only antidote to propaganda and malicious ‘leaks’ is transparency. After so much disinformation on my presentation at the Eurogroup of the Greek government’s position, the only response is to post the precise words uttered within. Read them and judge for yourselves whether the Greek government’s proposals constitute a basis for agreement.

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Plan for joint agreement believed to have started being drafted by Athens and Eurozone sources

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Both parts aiming to a solution of the Greek crisis

Latest update: 18:07,by the ANA-MPA

Negotiations between Greece and its creditors are progressing  at an accelerated pace and representatives of both sides are expected to convene for a Brussels Group meeting on Tuesday afternoon, a eurozone source said.   

The Eurogroup Working Group (EWG) is also expected to meet on Wednesday, sources said.
Earlier, European Commission spokeswoman Annika Breidthardt said that Monday night’s ‘mini-summit’ with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and the heads of the three institutions representing the creditors – European Commission, ECB and IMF – had evaluated the progress in negotiations between Greek authorities and the institutions, adding that the contacts will continue.
Breidthardt said that Greece’s international partners speak with one voice and that talks are continuing on all levels, while the institutions remain in close contact with Greek authorities in order to complete the negotiations, adding that Monday’s meeting was held in this framework.
European Commission sources said that Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande know very well each side’s “red lines”, following their talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the heads of the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF.

Taking these developments into account, it is believed that a plan for a joint agreement will start being drafted in the next few hours , the Athens News Agency wrote

Commission sources noted that Monday’s mini summit meeting was aimed at smoothing out differences between the institutions and forming a common political line. They also said it is possible that a decision will be adopted which will have a medium- rather than a long-term nature, since it will not include final arrangements for the Greek debt.

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  Greece has sent 47-page draft agreement to creditors

The Greek government submitted a comprehensive draft agreement running to 47 pages to the institutions representing Greece’s creditors on Monday and is now awaiting their reply, government sources said on Tuesday.

They said this proposal provides for a primary surplus of 0.8 pct in 2015 and 1.5 pct in 2016, as well as three VAT rates of 6 pct, 11 pct and 23 pct.
Earlier on Tuesday June 2, the government denied as inaccurate the report of tovima website about the alleged contents of the Greek side’s proposals.
A Greek government non-paper on Tuesday said that no draft agreement has been received from the creditors’ side, nor did the prime minister or other government official had have any contact with the institutions representatives.
Foreign reports, mainly from the German media, said that a draft agreement has been sent to Athens claiming that it is a final proposal, which was not confirmed by the Greek government

Decision for realism and not for a divided Europe  belongs to European leaders

“The Greek government is negotiating with a plan and a strategy and has submitted specific proposals,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday during his visit to the Education Ministry and added that “the dilemma concerns now the European leadership, decision lies in the leaders’ hands “
“We are negotiating with a plan and strategy amid difficult conditions. All Greeks know the difference between a government that negotiates and the previous governments that signed whatever they were asked to.
The Greeks should be proud, regardless of the party they belong to. Greece has tabled proposals, we have made concessions – a normal practice in a negotiation – but we have submitted a realistic plan for the country to get out of the crisis.
  • The outcome of the negotiations will mark the end of the division of Europe. It is now clear that the decision about whether they wish to adapt to realism and exit the crisis without Europe’s division belongs to the leadership of Europe.
    It is not just a Greek problem, it is a European and global issue.
    The dilemma is between a realistic exit option and the division of Europe.
    The government is moving with a plan and determination and based on the vast majority of the Greek people, who wants a solution and does not want the country to return to the previous period of memoranda and subordination.” Finally, Tsipras expressed his optimism that the political leadership of Europe will approach their positions with respect and Greece will have made its contribution to the future of a united Europe.

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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.”