#Dijsselbloem: “We get hugs and wet kisses with #Juncker” ( while #Greece’s luck is now lying in their minds)

junckerjeroen_3352082bAlexis Tsipras is dinning at the moment with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem, on a night that is reflecting on the peak a mass agony to Greece and to the whole Greek folk’s heart .
Earlier, a meeting was held between the the Greek PM and Jean Claude Juncker after the last night’s invitation of the President of European Commission to Alexis Tsipras after the 47 -pages final proposal for an agreement that was officialy sent by Greece’s side to its eurolenders.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, -who has not shown his friendliest feelings for Greece’s rescue of its austerity drama, one could say-  was not announced to be present to the Greek government, or to the Press. The three of them at the moment are discussing Greece’s survival, present and future . Here is what we know about the fiendship of the two :

Dijsselbloem: “Everytime I meet Juncker, he embraces me and I get wet kisses”


“In an interview with Dutch magazine Vrij Nederland, Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem speaks among other about his relation with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Dijsselbloem says that his relation to the former Eurogorup chief had really  improved after he apologized twice for describing him as “a smoker and drinker.”

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

“We call almost weekly to match what we say about Greece. Every time I met him, he embraced me and I get wet kisses.”

Below an excerpt from the Dutch Magazine translated via automatic trasnlation

Last year Dijsselbloems frankness again led to an international row when he called Jean-Claude Juncker in the TV program Knevel & Van den Brink an “inveterate smoker and drinker.” The quote went all over the world. Juncker, who had just been nominated for the presidency of the European Commission, found itself forced to publicly declare that he had “no alcohol problem”.

The ill-advised Dijsselbloem could have even a cost for a possible position as Commissioner: when Juncker as chairman was appointed, went into the media the persistent rumor that he would block out of anger Dijsselbloem’s candidacy..

“I have confirmed several officials,” says Peter Spiegel, who is one of the best established correspondents in Brussels. “Juncker has an elephant’s memory. He forgets nothing. ”

Dijsselbloem himself believes that his statement did not permanently damage the relationship with Juncker. “It was an unfortunate joke, where Jean-Claude had a lot of trouble with. I twice apologized. First by telephone and later by a cup of coffee. It must also be done, you can stay busy. “

Meanwhile, Dijsselbloem says he has a” good relationship “with Juncker.

“We call almost weekly to match what we say about Greece. Every time I met him, he embraced me and I get wet kiss. “Grinning. ” He seems to do that to everybody. “ (full interview Vrij Nederland)

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 on June 3, 2015 ..”


Proceedure to accelerate, solution for #Greece to be viable and longterm, Holland- Merkel promised to contribute

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande held “friendly and constructive” talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that focussed on Athens’ completing its current bailout, a German government spokesman said on Friday, May 21, the Reuters reported,

while the NYT wrote  that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande have said during the meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, that they would personally help if needed to push for a speedy solution to Greece’s financing woes, reports that match, here in Greece, to the Greek political reporters’ information from PM’s office sources from Riga.

The meeting of the three lasted two hours and took place after the dinner Thursday night during an EU summit in Riga, and agreed that Athens should continue its talks with its creditor institutions, while the three leaders also agreed to keep in close contact with each other, Reuters said

According “to a senior Greek government official”, reported word-to-word the NYT. short after the meeting,

“[Ms.] Merkel and Mr. Hollande said they would personally contribute toward the direction of a viable, long-term solution for Greece and accelerate the procedure”

The trilateral meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande on the sidelines of the EU’s 4th Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga concluded late on Thursday, around  midnight
The meeting was also attended by State Minister Nikos Pappas and Alternate Minister for International Economic Relations Euclid Tsakalotos

Tomorrow President Juncker will meet with Alexis Tsipras, Friday 22.5 at 14.30 (local time), as it is also announced.

Based on the progress made thus far in the negotiations between Greek authorities and the institutions representing the creditors (European Central Bank, European Commission and International Monetary Fund), the two sides could be ready for an agreement by the end of the month, Greek government sources said in Riga, the ANA-MPA reported Thursday evening. Of course, the poisonous “news production” of international sources, could not be missing these hours, as well today.

MT Gov is optimistic about an agrmnt on . But what I am learning frm , Berlin & DC are quite different

Nikos Filis

Nikos Filis

Greece is outside Eurozone , due to the Memorandum

“What is very important is that Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande, shoed today that, indeed, they are interested in a longterm solution for Greece, commented N.Filis, Parliamentary Representative of governing SYRIZA Party, live on air, as soon correspondents reported the news on Greek tv after the meeting

” Longterm means Growth and Depth”

he emphasized, and explained to Emilios Liatsos who was interviewing him ,why these are such critical moments, not only for Greece’s present and future, but also for a viable future of  Democratic Europe, itself.

\’What this government achieved so far, is the fact the Story Greece is now discussed on the table of the top European leaders, on top political level, that really never happend before, since the Memorandum.

“It is a political decision, the survival of Greece,” Nikos Filis undelined, “as it had been  Greece’s accession to the European Community back in 1980 by Konstantine Karamanlis, Greece’s accession to the Economic Monetary Union in 2002 (even with biased data, Nikos Filis said, still, it was a political decision by Kostas Simitis), the same happens now, it is a political decision of the EU leaders to allow the re-accession of Greece”.

The Parliamentary Representative of Tsipras Party concluded his comments with  a so shocking, -though, already widely realized in Greece-, fact:

”  Greece is actually outside Eurozone , due to the Memorandum”