by Stephen Lendman
July 16, 2015
Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned after being pushed
out - replaced by Euclid Tsakalotos.
After leaving, he said he's no longer under,
"incredible pressure to negotiate
for a position I find difficult to defend…"
He cited the,
"complete lack of any democratic
scruples (displayed by) the supposed 'defenders' of Europe's
democracy. (V)ery powerful figures look you in the eye and
say '(y)ou're right in what you're saying, but we're going to
crunch you anyway'."
Paying dominant bankers and large
creditors like Germany alone matters - no matter the pain and
suffering inflicted on millions of Greeks helpless against the war
on their well-being.
Make no mistake. What's happening in Greece signifies what's ongoing
throughout Europe, America, Canada, and other countries, heading for
getting much worse - ending social justice
to enrich monied interests more
than ever, and at the same time, destroy what remains of democratic
Financial tyranny rules!
Varoufakis said dealing with other finance ministers in Brussels was
like talking to the wall. His reasoned analysis was ignored. He was
unwanted - an annoyance to be humiliated and banished.
He "might as well have sung the Swedish national anthem" for all the
good it did to present sensible arguments responded to with "blank
stares." His involvement accomplished nothing.
Deputy Finance Nadia Valavani resigned.
She called the mandated deal Greek
agony, saying she was,
"ready to serve in any capacity to
the end during challenges."
"However, when our delegation returned with liabilities that are
'stillborn measures' and at such a price (demanded by Troika
bandits) once again when the dilemma appears of retreating or
Grexit, it will be impossible for me to remain a member of the
"This 'capitulation' is so
overwhelming that it will not allow a regrouping of forces.
With your signature there will be a
deterioration in the status of an already suffering population,
and this will be a tombstone around their necks for many years
with little potential of redemption."
SYRIZA officials are sharply divided.
Stiff opposition denounced Tsipras' betrayal.
Retired Greek diplomat Leonidas
Chrysanthopoulos called the deal,
"too tough, too late, the death of
"These absurd measures do not reflect the EU we entered back in
1981. It has actually made Greece a colony of Germany, not to
say of the European Union. (D)espite the concessions the EU has
made to Greece, the country is far from being out of the
SYRIZA coalition partner Independent
Greeks leader Panos Kammenos, current defense minister,
rejects Troika demands he and other party members "cannot agree
SYRIZA parliamentary spokesman Nikos Filis said,
"Germany unfortunately for a third
time in 100 years is attempting to destroy Europe."
Overwhelming public sentiment opposes
harsh Troika demands.
Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis
Lafazanis called on Tsipras to reject the deal he agreed to in
"Greece had an alternative to the
agreement," he said.
"The creditors' dilemma:
capitulation or destruction is fake. It aims to terrorize and
has caused the collapse of popular consciousness.
The agreement signed with the
institutions is unacceptable and a radical party, such as SYRIZA,
does not deserve to be responsible for bringing such an
agreement, after fighting to abolish the bailout programs and
He called German and other Eurozone
negotiating partners "financial assassins."
Perhaps more heads will roll before Greece's parliament votes on
Troika demands late Wednesday evening Athens time. Reports indicate
Tsipras wants opposition ministers replaced so he can get
parliamentary approval of what demands rejection.
Around three dozen or more SYRIZA deputies intend voting "no" -
including at least two ministers and House Speaker Zoe
Sources close to Tsipras say he intends doing whatever it takes to
ram through parliament legislation already drafted surrendering to
Public anger spilled into streets near parliament demanding
rejection of what looks sure to pass. Civil servants and pharmacists
called a one-day anti-austerity strike. Betrayed pensioners plan
their own demonstration.
Part of the deal calls for Greece to hand over
50 billion worth of public assets to a fund
controlled by German
KfW Bank run by Finance Minister
Wolfgang Schaeuble - to be sold at fire sale prices.
Germany is Europe's economic powerhouse. It dominates Eurozone
What it says goes - including writing
Greece's obituary as a sovereign country...