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Commentary :: International
EU deal with Greece/Betrayal of OXI
21 Jul 2015
The die has been cast. The Geek prime minister Tsipras, who won the elections
because of his promise to make an end to Trojka austerity measures, has capitulated,
accepting the hardest EU deal with Greece ever. Shame on him and his party
Syriza, which has lost every credibility. It's a horrible betrayal of OXI, plunging
the Greek people in still worse misery. People of Greece, fight for Freedom!
EU DEAL WITH GREECE/CAPITULATION TSIPRAS/BETRAYAL OF OXI IDEAL


SEE ALSO


http://www.astridessed.nl/eu-deal-with-greececapitulation-tsiprasbetraya/




Eleutheria ou Thanatos:
That was the slogan with which the Greek freedom fighters
liberated themselves from the Ottoman rule [1]
The same love for freedom [although that oppression was far more
barbarous] inspired the black slaves to fight against the monstrous
tyranny of their white masters. [2]

Less dramatic, but comparable in modern times, was the
choice of Greek prime minister Tsipras during his negociations
with the EU capitalists [the Europtop, ECB, EU countries] of
last week.
Capitulation or libeterty.
And unlike the brave Greek freedom fighters, Tsipras choose
for capitulation.

He let himself intimidated by the EU gangsters and has agreed with
even more strangling conditions then those because of which
the negociations were broken off at 28th of june. [3]
He issued a referendum against the 28 june EU proposals,
the Greek people voted ''OXI'' [4], making Tsipras uttering
the statement, that ''democracy cannot be blackmailed'' [5]

What a bitter joke:
A week later he himself was so ''blackmailed'', that he forgot
his ideals and the needs of the Greek people.
He surrendered to the worse EU loan condtions ever. [6]

With this treason, he and his Syriza party lost all credibility and
broke their election vows to the Greek people.
Was it not Tsipras, who promised to end ''austerity
pain? [7]
Well, he agreed with the most painful austerity plan
ever! [8]
And his beautiful words have blown in the wind.....

INTERNAL WEAKNESS OF SYRIZA IN EU NEGOCIATIONS

Syriza [Tsipras] started with fundamental weaknesses
in its negociating position with the EU:

The party didn't reject the Trojka [ECB,IMF,EU] austerity measures as such
but wanted a ''moderation'' at one side and simultaneously
staying friends with the EU creditors.
That didn't work, as 5 months negociations proved.
Because the hard EU austerity policy is also a question of power:
And of course, the mighty will not give away their power without
a fight.

Secondly, Syriza refused to consider breaking with the EU or the euro,
which weakened their negociation marge.
And instead of confronting the EU creditors after the Greek OXI,
and demanding loans which were fairly spreaded over poor
and rich and not only made the poor pay, he came with an austerity
plan of his own, which was approved by the Greek parliament with
little enthousiasm, while he shamelessly admitted, that he
broke his election vows. [9]

He remained begging for EU favours, not taking advantage
of the fact, that a possible Grexit was not in the interest of
the EU either [the domino effect on weak economies as
Spain, Ireland and Portugal, Greece under possible Russian or
Chinese economical influence, political unrest in Greece, which
could spread through Europe], but repeated his mantra, that
Greece would remain in the EU, whatever it costs.

''Well, the EU big shots said, ''pay the price'' and came with a deal,
which the Devil in Faust should not have improved them. [10]
Take into consideration, that the EU powers wanted to punish
Tsipras for his audacity to question the austerity policy. [11]


EU DIRTY DEAL WITH GREECE
”EXTENSIVE MENTAL WATERBOARDING”

So the EU deal with Greece is called [12] and I think they're right.

Not only this deal has been closed to put a blackmailing
knife on the throat
of Tsipras [Grexit or complete surrender]
But also to show who's boss:

Therefore the hard conditions, which imply neo colonialism
and bitter strangling of the Greek people.

For the neo colonialism part:
Relevant legislation [about banking and economic
business] must be showed to the Trojka [or financial institutions,
as this gangster group is called now], before even going to
parliament, which is, of course, a scandalous violation
of the Greek sovereignty:

Read with me
''“to fully normalize working methods with the Institutions [= de Trojka] (…) The government needs to consult and agree with the Institutions on all draft legislation in relevant areas with adequate time before submitting it for public consultation or to Parliament.” [13]

Regarding austerity measures:
Further cutting in the pensions, privatisations [demanded by the EU],
violation of social rights like the right to strike and better working
contracts. [14]

And that in a country, which already have been cutted heavily in pensions
and with very lows salaries!

HUMANITARIAN TRAGEDY IN GREECE

How was the humanitarian situation in Greece, before
this dirty EU deal of 12 july 2015?
Bad, bad, bad
With thanks to the EU austerity policy......

A grip:
Half of the population is living under the poverty rate,
one third is umemployed [two third of the younger
people], there is a lack of medicines and suicide rates
are high. [15]

And yet stricter austerity measures?
With which Tsipras agreed!

In an interview this man has the nerve to say, that adopting
the drachma ''would have devastating effects on Greece and particularly the poor.'' [16]

Of course Mr Tsipras, I almost forgot that now the Greek poor
are living in a welfare paradise!
Thanks to the Trojka and you as their accomplice.

Well, I wish you much success trying to sell
this deal of the Devil to the Greek people,
who believed your empty promises, Mr Tsipras!


GREXIT OR EU CAPITULATION?

We know the consequences of a Grexit [Greece to leave the
eurozone].
All ECB support to Greece stops and the banks will fall.
The banks can't go to the Greek government, which has no
money either.
No euro's anymore and the choice will be made for the drachma,
inflation, European products will be highly expensive.
Misery, misery, misery. [17]
But how the situation is now and in the future, under
EU domination?
Misery too and neo colonialism.


Besides, Grexit also has its dark sides for the EU:
I already mentioned the domino effect, and the EU fear,
that Greece will turn to Russia and China for financial
support and so under their influence.
So the EU also has something to lose and Tsipras,
with his obsession to stay in the euro, didn't even made use
of that.

If he had liberated the country of EU neo colonialism,
at least there was a proud population, taking their fate'
in their own hands and going their way, however hard,

And what now?
Further humiliation, poverty and the greatest danger of all:
That the neo nazi party the Golden Dawn will exploit the Greek
misery in its own interest, encouraging the feelings of
humiliation in a dangerous chauvinistic and racist direction.
Yanis Vafoukis, former Greek minister of finance, warned
strongly for this hugh danger. [18]


EPILOGUE

Tsipras has betrayed his ideals, election promises and the
poor Greek people. [19]
With his election victory, he promised a social and humane
Greece en undoubtedy with a good intention, but intentions
only are not enough in politics.
He knew from the beginning, that he had to deal with
hard neo liberal capitalistic EU politicians, gangsters, who
didn't care to plunge the Greek people further into misery, whenever
they could hold their economical power over Greece.

He did not fight fire with fire, but almost begged to stay in the EU/euro
and only wanted to limit the damage of austerity, not to question
austerity politics as such.

And when he played a good card, calling for a referendum, he didnot
take advantage of the Greek OXI, worse, he didn't keep his
promise, came with an austerity plan himself and eventually
let himself intimidated into the worst austerity plan ever.

The Greek have to fight with all measures, mass strikes,
mass protests and demonstration to prevent this EU Devil
deal will pass parliament.

And even when it passes, to ignore it and double the
struggle, even with arms, if necesaary.

That's the only way to establish a humane and social
Greece, with room for everyone, Greeks, refugees and
migrants.

A Grexit will be necessary, so be it.

Greek people, fight the EU criminals and Tsipras and co,
their accomplices.

For real freedom and equality.

Remember

ELEUTHERIA OU THANATOS!


Astrid Essed


NOTES



[1]


WIKIPEDIA
ELEUTHERIA OU THANATOS
[Freedom or death, written here in Roman
letters, not in Greek]


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleftheria_i_thanatos


WIKIPEDIA
GREEK WAR OF INDEPENDENCE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_War_of_Independence



[2]


WIKIPEDIA
NAT TURNER’S SLAVE REBELLION

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat_Turner%27s_slave_rebellion


[3]



EU DEAL WITH GREECE
EURO SUMMIT
12 JULY 2015

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/13_07_15eurosummit.pdf


[4]


''"We ask you to reject it with all the might of your soul, with the greatest margin possible," he said on Monday.''


AL JAZEERA
GREEK PM MAKES PLEA TO VOTERS AS DEBT DEADLINE
NEARS
30 JUNE 2015


http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/greek-pm-urges-vote-upcoming-refer


THE GUARDIAN
GREEK REFERENDUM: NO CAMPAIGN STORMS TO VICTORY
WITH 61,31 % OF THE VOTE-AS IT HAPPENED

http://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2015/jul/05/greeces-eurozone-fu



CRIMES AGAINST GREECE


THE GUARDIAN
GERMANY WON''T SPARE GREEK PAIN
YANIS VAROUFAKIS/FORMER GREEK FINANCE MINISTER
10 JULY 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/10/germany-greek-pain-



[5]


''Today, he says, Greece has proved that democracy cannot be blackmailed; Greeks have made a brave choice, and one which will change the debate in Europe.''

THE GUARDIAN
TSIPRAS/DEMOCRACY CANNOT BE BLACKMAILED

http://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2015/jul/05/greeces-eurozone-fu




[6]


THE WORSE EU LOAN CONDITIONS EVER

EURO SUMMIT
12 JULY 2015

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/13_07_15eurosummit.pdf





[7]



BBC NEWS
GREECE ELECTION
SYRIZA LEADER TSIPRAS VOWS TO END
AUSTERITY ''PAIN''
26 JANUARY 2015


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30978052




[8]


THE WORSE EU LOAN CONDITIONS EVER

EURO SUMMIT
12 JULY 2015

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/13_07_15eurosummit.pdf


[9]


Mr Tsipras said the bailout deal “entails many proposals that are far from our pledges”, but he added it was “marginally better” than the proposals put forward last month by creditors.”

BBC
GREECE DEBT CRISIS: MPs BACK BAILOUT REFORM
PLAN
11 JULY 2015
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33491452



[10]


WIKIPEDIA
FAUST

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faust


[11]

THE GUARDIAN
GREEK CRISIS: SURRENDER FISCAL SOVEREIGNTY
FOR BAILOUT, MERKEL TELLS TSIPRAS
12 JULY 2015


http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jul/12/greek-crisis-surrender-f








[12]


THE GUARDIAN
TSIPRAS FACED ''MENTAL WATERBOARDING'' TO ACCEPT DEAL


http://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2015/jul/12/greek-debt-crisis-e


[13]




EURO SUMMIT
12 JULY 2015

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/13_07_15eurosummit.pdf


ON THE EURO SUMMIT'S STATEMENT ON GREECE:
FIRST THOUGHTS
YANIS VAROUFAKIS
14 JULY 2015


http://yanisvaroufakis.eu/2015/07/14/on-the-euro-summits-statement-on-gr/



[14]



EURO SUMMIT
12 JULY 2015

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/13_07_15eurosummit.pdf



ON THE EURO SUMMIT'S STATEMENT ON GREECE:
FIRST THOUGHTS
YANIS VAROUFAKIS
14 JULY 2015


http://yanisvaroufakis.eu/2015/07/14/on-the-euro-summits-statement-on-gr/



[15]



THE NEW YORKER
WHAT AUSTERITY LOOKS LIKE INSIDE GREECE
31 MARCH 2015


http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/what-austerity-looks-like-ins




THE GREEK REPORTER
6.3 MILLION GREEKS THREATENED BY POVERTY
25 SEPTEMBER 2014


http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/09/25/6-3-million-greeks-threatened/


THE GUARDIAN
OXFAM WARNS ON EUROPEAN POVERTY AND
SAYS GREECE IS IN A ''TERRIBLE STATE''
12 SEPTEMBER 2013

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/sep/12/european-poverty-oxfam-w







[16]


''“I never had a plan B” the Greek prime minister said and added that adopting the Drachma would have devastating effects on Greece and particularly the poor.''

THE GREEK REPORTER
GREEK MP TSIPRAS INTERVIEW: ''A BAD DEAL
WAS MY ONLY OPTION TO SAVE GREECE''
14 JULY 2015


http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/07/14/greek-pm-tsipras-interview-ba/






[17]



BBC NEWS
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF GREECE QUITS THE EURO?
18 FEBRUARY 2015


http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31457991



[18]


THE GUARDIAN
GOLDEN DAWN WILL BE STRENGTHENED BY MORE AUSTERITY,
YANIS FAROUFAKIS WARNS
14 JULY 2015


http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jul/14/golden-dawn-will-be-stre



[19]


THE INDEPENDENT IRELAND
NEW PROPOSALS SEEN AS BETRAYAL AS OXI VOTERS ASK:
WHY DID WE FIGHT THEN
11 JULY 2015

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/new-proposals-seen-as-betrayal

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