Vicious EU will let Athens burn for failed Euro dystopia
As the EU's neo-authoritarian clown in chief Jean-Claude Juncker intimidates Greece for the cheek of consulting the people, it's now clear Brussels will burn Athens to the ground rather than admit their disastrous mistake of creating the dystopian Eurozone
The ruthlessness of EU leaders to sacrifice the people of Greece for the Euro is further evidence for why we need to Get Britain Out of the EU. The current responses from EU and German leaders have revealed their willingness to bring Greeks to their knees for the sake of the failed European ideal.
Since the beginning of the financial crisis, Greece has been used as the EU’s whipping boy. The EU is determined to make an example of Greece to keep the rest of Mediterranean Europe in line.
It is now apparent Greece should never have been let into -- forced into? -- the euro and is now paying the price. The radical left national government Syriza has made things worse, while its predecessors borrowed too much from pushy, greedy banks so the country was hugely vulnerable when the crisis hit.
Greece was not alone. Governments across the EU made similar mistakes. The austerity measures forced upon the country by the Troika will make it impossible for Greece to pay off their debts, and until its international creditors write off some of these the country will be consigned to the economic doldrums for the long term.
The EU has been forcing austerity on Greece for the last five years. This has increased their already worsening economic situation. The economy has shrunk by a quarter since 2007/8 and debts have increased by 50 percent. It now seems obvious Greece was never economically strong enough to succeed in the Eurozone.
Whilst Greeks could be criticised for skewing their figures to join the Euro in the first place, part of the blame must rest on the EU leaders themselves, who were willing to turn a blind eye in their aim to expand their federal objectives.
Now that the truth has been understood, they are apportioning all the blame and responsibility to Greece alone, demanding the Greek people pay through harsher and harsher austerity measures.
The Greek pension scheme was unquestionably bloated, inefficient and in need of reform. However, with almost half of all Greek families dependent on one pension as their main, and frequently only, source of income, one can understand the warnings of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that his people will not be able to survive further pension cuts.
Indeed pensioners have already seen a 61 percent fall in their pension payments since the beginning of the crisis and Tsipras knows far better than Brussels that further reductions will push even more families into poverty, and more to consider suicide.
Greeks look around every day and see the huge damage austerity is causing -- at least one in five Greeks depend on food banks to survive. They hear EU, IMF and German officials demanding that further cuts must be made, it is entirely understandable why they voted in a new government on an anti-austerity platform.
Tsipras thus represents the will and desires of the Greek people far more than any EU technocrat. The current President of the EU, Jean Claude Juncker’s recent suicide jibe shows a cruel disregard of the situation on the ground in Greece where suicides have shot up by 45 per cent since the beginning of the crisis.
Juncker’s insistence that the referendum on Sunday is about rejecting or accepting the bailout terms offered by the EU technocrats, actually equates to a referendum on the euro.
The refusal to negotiate any further until after the referendum, as expressed in the letter from Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup to Alexis Tsipras, demonstrates the willingness of EU officials to turn their backs on the millions of ordinary Greeks who are suffering as a result of the crisis.
From the Greek point of view what is adding insult to injury is the fact it is German politicians, like Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble who are forcing further austerity upon them. The latter rejects the significant concessions made by Tsipras in his letter to the Troika, as providing “no basis” for negotiations.
The fact Germany itself has in the past been one of the worst defaulters of the 20th century, cancelling its national debt on numerous occasions, should make it sympathise and empathise with the plight of the Greek people.
Yet, German politicians fail to display any sympathy; instead showing themselves at their most ruthless. They know the Greek banks will continue to flounder without emergency support from the European Central Bank, but they are willing to cut this vital lifeline to bring Greece to heel.
To ordinary Greeks, such a desire to crush any sign of political resistance to their demands brings back uncomfortable memories of the Second World War when Germany occupied Greece.
The EU -- as led by Brussels and Germany -- is clearly willing to let Greece suffer even more in order to remind it who is boss. The EU has accepted none of the blame for its wilful ignorance in bringing Greece into enter the euro in the first place.
They both recognise Greece will soon be forced to leave the euro, and by association the EU. This would be best for the Greek economy and the Eurozone as a whole, yet at the same time it would fatally undermine the EU’s relentless march towards the federal United States of Europe.
They are, therefore, like the Persian king Xerxes, willing to let Athens burn, as long as the rubble which remains stays in their remit.
This is the first time the EU has had to face a party of the radical left. Yes, this is about Greece and its creditors. Yes, it’s about money. But this is also about ideology. Syriza has been a real challenge to the EU and the status quo.
One thing is clear, Greece’s debt is unsustainable. The willingness of the EU to let people suffer for their federalist ideals is another reason why we need to Get Britain Out.
Chris Carter is a Research Executive at Get Britain Out
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