‘German government, do you want anti-austerity or nazism in Greece?’


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Is Greece turning into Nazi Germany?

8 July 2013

Thug Politics – Greece: The rise of the Golden Dawn political party, they claim they are saving modern Greece, but are they preaching a neo-nazi ideology?

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Greek and German finance ministers clash at debt relief talks

Finance chiefs can’t agree to disagree over Athens’ debts as Varoufakis brings up spectre of Greek nazism and Schäuble offers 500 German tax collectors

Heather Stewart

Thursday 5 February 2015 16.48 GM

Athens’ high stakes brinkmanship with its international creditors appeared no closer to paying off on Thursday, after talks in Germany ended with finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble insisting Greece was responsible for its own plight.

Yanis Varoufakis, the country’s pugnacious new finance minister, ended his tour of European capitals with a tense press conference alongside Schäuble, who repeated his offer to send 500 German tax collectors to Greece to ensure wealthy Greeks pay their taxes and help tackle corruption.

After their meeting in Berlin, Schäuble said he and Varoufakis had “agreed to disagree”; but Varoufakis interjected: “We did not reach agreement because it was never on the cards that we would.”

Later, though he had promised to meet the alarmist warnings of some in the eurozone about the consequences of Syriza’s policies with “a frenzy of reasonableness”, Varoufakis issued a stark warning that ignoring the plight of his countrymen could stoke the rise of nazism.

“When I return home tonight, I will find a country where the third-largest party is not a neo-Nazi party, but a Nazi party,” he said, referring to the far-right Golden Dawn.

Just prior to the Berlin meeting the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, had increased the pressure on eurozone policymakers by inviting the new Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, to talks in Moscow. Tsipras was asked to attend an event on 9 May to mark the end of the second world war.

German public opinion is deeply sceptical about the need for fresh debt relief for Greece, after repeated bailouts since 2010; but Syriza argues that far from being rescued, it has been burdened with a series of impossible-to-repay loans, and has seen growth hobbled by the austerity imposed as a quid pro quo.

Back in Athens, Tsipras told the Greek parliament: “Greece is no longer the miserable partner who listens to lectures to do its homework. Greece has its own voice.”

The radical Syriza government had hoped to receive temporary support from the European Central Bank while it holds debt-restructuring talks with its creditors.

The €240bn bailout from the troika of the European commission, International Monetary Fund and the ECB – which came with stringent conditions, including hefty spending cuts – is due to expire at the end of February.

Syriza has insisted it will not accept an extension of the existing bailout programme; but the financial challenge facing the new government was sharpened on Wednesday when the ECB said it would limit access to emergency liquidity for its banks.

Apparently referring to that decision, which sent bank shares plunging, Tsipras said on Thursday: “Greece cannot be blackmailed because democracy in Europe cannot be blackmailed.”

The ministers in the new Greek government: here.

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  2. Friday, 6 February 2015

    ‘GREECE WILL COME TO THE BOIL’ – VAROUFAKIS GREECE’S new finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has urged Germany not to humiliate the country over its debts.

    Varoufakis compared Greece’s plight with that of inter-war Germany, speaking ahead of a meeting with his German counterpart.

    Germany was burdened with massive debts after World War One and threatened by hyperinflation, crippling its economy.

    Varoufakis has been touring European capitals this week to win support for Greece’s plan to restructure its debt.

    In an interview with German ARD television, Varoufakis said: ‘I think of the countries in Europe, the Germans best understand this simple message.

    ‘If you humiliate a proud nation for too long and subject it to the worry of a debt deflation crisis, without light at the end of a tunnel then things come to the boil.’

    The comparison is likely to send a clear message to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble ahead of his meeting with Varoufakis on Thursday.

    Germany is seen as the strongest opponent among eurozone countries to any reduction of Greece’s 323bn euro (£242bn/$369bn) debt.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out any cancellation of the debt, which is about 175% of Greece’s GDP, saying lenders had already made concessions.

    The Greek stock market fell sharply on Thursday after the European Central Bank (ECB) said it would refuse to accept Greek bonds in return for lending.

    As Varoufakis prepared to meet Schaeuble, the new Greek parliament was sworn in in Athens.

    Among those taking the oath were 17 members of the fascist Golden Dawn, including a number who were released from custody for the parliamentary session.

    Greek judges indicted 72 people with links to Golden Dawn on Wednesday, including its leader Nikos Michaloliakos, on charges including murder.

    http://wrp.org.uk/news/10635

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