Agony in Athens, by the gov and the folk, for the sent to Brussels formulated reform list which will be discussed Tuesday afternoon. No Plan B for Greece’s exit said Moscovici

Greece-out-euThe aknowledgement that Greece’s people have suffered the harsh, for the nation’s survival, humanitarian crisis  that Memorandum agreements and Memorandum Greek governments imposed to the folk during the last five years, is the main core of Greece’s bridge, the eurozone’s acceptance, the new governments’ elections results , and the new contribution of Greece to its european counterparts from now on, even though the opposition parties in Greece insist, still, unambiguously, to ignore that the populations’ trauma is for the first time on the euro table to be accepted and discussed .

In Brussels a euro zone official said the “content of the letter will not be a surprise” to the euro zone and therefore the Tuesday submission was not a major issue. Greece has said it was working closely with its euro zone partners in drawing up the list.

Germany has insisted earlier that any extra spending on Athens’s list of reforms had to be offset by savings or higher taxes.

Athens has stressed the reforms would at least be decided by Greeks, in contrast to the austerity policies dictated by foreign creditors since they bailed out the country in 2010.

The measures on the list

The measures will include tackling what the new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls Greece’s “humanitarian crisis” – hardship created during years of economic depression – while dealing with tax arrears and bad loans, and ending the foreclosure of primary homes, the official said. They will also crack down on tax evasion, smuggling and corruption, and the restructure the public sector.

The list will also include parts of the government’s “Thessaloniki programme” which in total envisages spending of 1.8 billion euros over a full year on relief measures such as free electricity and meals for the poor, while raising 3 billion from steps such as collecting tax arrears.

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Pierre Moscovici: No Plan B for Greece’s exit

The European Union Commission wants Greece to stay in the eurozone and is not reviewing a ‘Plan B’ on the country’s exit from the monetary union,

EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said Monday, February 22, on a TV interview.

“I banned even reviewing such a plan, there is no plan B. Generally when there is a Plan B, it means we don’t believe in the Plan A anymore,” Mr. Moscovici said, in an interview with French TV station France 2.

Mr. Moscovici said the Greek government must fulfill commitments made by the prior administration and make proposals that are financially sustainable.

Jucker’s contribution to the Bridge

Speaking to German Wirstschaftswoche some days earlier, Jucker said that he has taken up initiative to mediate between Greece and the Eurogroup and achieve an extension of the existing program to bridge the time until summer.

“I work together with the President of the Euro Group Jeroen Dijsselbloem to achieve an extension of the existing program to bridge the time until summer. Until then, we should be able to agree with the new government in Athens on a new reform- and growth-program for Greece.”

Juncker, also, as everyone of the eurozone’s part didn’t forget to underline that “Greece has to fulfill all financial obligations to the European and international partners” and stressing that  “this has to be the basis of any new agreement.”

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Hey, Germany! We are all now ‘Zorbas the Greeks’ !!!….

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Like a toxic poison targeted to wither any healthy cell of a remained,-destroyed,-garden before it can breathe, Germany enjoyed showing once again its hideous face to Greece, and shamelessly to the whole world.

As like envying whatever human hope means, or any single relief smile, the latest  Germany’s approach to the poor Greeks managed, indeed, to freeze our hearts on the last days, mainly by shocking the Greek folk , and also some millions other Europeans, of what European solidarity does not, finally, mean .

Yes, we can dream . Yes, it took us only some hours and a couple of days to look with hope our world and the sky, despite the gangrenous degenerative disease which brought the loans and scandals to the tiny Greece, imposing thourougly the shade of a tiggerish sudden death.

But we didn’t die after five years as a nation, even if some thousands Greeks did. From hunger, or from daily, constant anxiousness for main survival needs, despair for watching their lives ruined, and basically from the haircut of our hope.

It is the extremely critical day today, depended on the Germany’s will to be more or less mean. More or less humanitarian, let’s say towards the of a country and a folk as a whole, who basically ask for some care of the soul of the common Greek, who is , the common European of today and tomorrow, asTsipras and his government insist to remind.

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But if you make a walk around the cities of Greece, especially today, that we celebradate traditionally the Clean Monday, you will see quite a lot of Greeks dancing. Indians call it the dance of the rain, – “and they keep dancing and praying util it rains…”-. We Greeks call it syrtaki, Zibeikiko , or whatever you name it .

But sure, it will remind you the Zorba the Greek, a brilliant New Europe article wrote . Indeed, the attitude of the Greeks is now very similar to that of Alexis Zorbas who was happily dancing while watching his house burning. When he was asked why he was so happy, dancing while his house was in flames, he said, “I have never seen such a catastrophe in my life.”

This is the way the Greeks feel now and instead of trying to make them change their attitude, it would be better to realize that at this point the Greeks do not care less what may happen to them or to Europe and thus, intelligent Europeans, should work for damage control.

     Zorba the greek (2)Have a look on the polls, and you may get a good idea of what this kind of Greek psychosynthesis might mean :

73% of Greeks today consider Alexis Tsipras as the  most appropriate  Prime Minister , and only a 12% cosnider as that Antonis Samaras ( who according to the “well-cooked” pre-election polls was coming by far The most appropriate on polls, up to the last moment before the election that brought Alexis’ smashing success), according to latest poll announced yesterday, and published by the Newspaper Avgi.

80 percent of the Greeks approve they way the Greek government deals with the lenders, EU, IMF and ECB, according to an earlier, public opinion poll which was conducted on 12-17 February, in the time period SYRIZA was negotiating with the Eurogroup partners, and one day after Greece rejected the Dijsselbloem draft on February 16th 2015..

  • 81% considers the image of the new government in dealing with lenders as “positive”, 11% as “negative”.
  • 75% has a ‘positive opinion’ for Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.
  • 86% of Greeks have a “feeling of “national pride”, 13% do not.
  • 64% thinks “the country in in the right direction”, 20% think “country in the wrong direction”. Before the elections ‘right direction” was 21% and 74% “wrong direction”.
  • 49% considers that the economic situation “will get better” and 15% “will get worse”. Before the elections the figures were 17% and 39% respectively.
  • 83% reject the Memorandum of Understanding (bailout program). 6% favors the MoU for the debt repayment
  • 79% asks from the government “to make a deal with lenders to pay back smaller part of the debt.”
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Andreas Papandreou, the beloved Prime Minister of the Greeks, 1981-1995, dancing a Zembekiko in style of Alexis Zorbas. Thryllic event on the media by that times …( not even color tv did not exist)

ON THE POLLS
  • 82% have negative opinion for Germany:

Merkel 82% “negative”/ 16% “positive”,

Schaeuble 81% “negative”/ 15% “positive”.

  • USA 51%,
  • Russia 68%,
  • France 61%
  • Barack Obama 72%
  • Vladimir Putin 70%

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    traditional fest of Clean Monday, Athens, 1950

70 % of schoolchildren fainting , οr crave food in Greece . Thank you Europe , this your growth…

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A more than worring in results serious survey has been conducted on schoolchildren in Greece by the  Prolepsis Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health, following the multiple complaints of the Greek teachers around the country, –especialy in Attika region which holds almost one third of the whole Greek population- that

the number  of children who are noticed by the teachers arriving  to school on an empty stomach, and often fainting during schooltime, is augmenting day by day,

according to the survey data, released on February 11th. The organization which is run by the professor of Athens University Athena Linou,  polled pupils at 64 schools in Athens and found that

25% of the children’s families were suffering from hunger

60% were suffering from food insecurity, i.e. they do not get enough food.

In 61 % of cases, one of the two parents had no income at all (salary or pension).

17% of the families have no income at all.

22% of the familes have 3 or more children.

11% of the children were not covered by social security.

7% of the families had electricity outage for more than a week during 2014.

3% of the families had no electricity during the time the survey was conducted.

The survey was conducted by the Prolepsis Institute among pupils at 64 schools in Athens. Together with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Prolespis feeds daily 15,520 pupils.

Half of them live under poverty line, while almost 60% of them live below the reasonable living expenses.

A total of 1,053 applications have been submitted for inclusion in the Prolepsis & Niarchos foundation program. The applications correspond to 152,397 students. Only 10% of the pupils benefit from the meals-providing program.

According to 2011 consensus, 664,046 people live within the boundaries of Athens Municipality, while 3,753,783 people live in the broader Metropolitan area.

Dramatic situation across Greece

Equally dramatic is the situation in other parts of the country.

According to 42,727 questionnaires filled by parents of  school students in 23 prefectures of the country:

54% of the families experience food insecurity

21% of the families experience hunger.

In 40% of families, one of the parents had no income,

while in 13% of the families no both parents had no income.

“The socioeconomic crisis is unfortunately leaving its mark on the most vulnerable group: the children,” said Prolepsis chief Athina Linou.

sissitia-sta-sxoliamathites-sxoleia-asitia-660x330     cf80ceb1ceb9ceb4ceb9ceb1Dimitris Mariolis from the Teachers’ Association of “Ampelokipoi” , which is at the center of Athens,  to a specific case of a school pupil “who had not eaten for two days.” Last week, teachers complained for one more time about pupils who faint in the class room due to starvation. The issue of children going hungry was raised for one more time during a meeting of the Municipality of Athens with representatives of school teachers unions.                                               

Anna Diamantopoulou, the iron Minister of Education of the Memorandum period , derived from  Kostas Simitis close poitical team, (and scandalous political years), who refuted during 2011 any complaint for schildren fainting at schools. After four years hunger among schoolschildren has "touched" the schocking number of 70%. Europe daoes still ignore that . Volia the Europe of growth!

Anna Diamantopoulou, the iron Minister of Education of the Memorandum period , derived from Kostas Simitis close poitical team, (and scandalous political years), who refuted during 2011 any complaint for schildren fainting at schools. After four years hunger among schoolschildren has “touched” the schocking number of 70%. Europe daoes still ignore that . Volia the Europe of growth!

The original Eurogroup statement text , just published. It is a historical moment for both Europe and Greece

            400x225  “The Greek authorities have expressed their strong commitment to a broader and deeper structural reform process aimed at durably improving growth and employment prospects, ensuring stability and resilience of the financial sector and enhancing social fairness. The authorities commit to implementing long overdue reforms to tackle corruption and tax evasion

Here is the original text

Eurogroup statement on Greece

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  • 20/02/2015
  • 21:00 Brussels time

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Alexis, change it all! Tsipras phenomenon chokes the German austerity, which “is chocking the eurozone”

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In Rome, thousands of Italians marched on Saturday calling on the Eurozone to “Give Greece a Chance”.

On Sunday protests took place in London, Madrid and other European cities, but also continents, -USA -Australia & Canada-  demanding the Greek Breath of Dignity

Angela Merkel’s conservatives in Hamburg, on Sunday, we underline, suffered the worst election result since WWII Anti-euro Alternative for Germany (AfD) party looked set to win its first seats in a regional assembly in west of the country, by the CDU loss of 22 percentage points in the election – one of its worst ever regional results. Looking more closely,

                  

Greece, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Hungary were the EU member states where poverty and social exclusion increased the most during the economic crisis, according to the European Commission’s Annual Review on employment and social developments in 2014

As regards Greece, in particular,

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Yes, Troika insulted the Greeks’ dignity, confessed officially Jean Claude Junkcker

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The Greek SYRIZA MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis reproduced via Twitter the statements of Jean-Claude Juncker saying that the Troika has insulted the dignity of the Greeks

The President of the European Commission said that the Troika insulted the dignity of the people of Greece, Portugal and Spain, stressing that such approach is “undemocratic” and noting that “there were mistakes made”. J.C. Juncker added that the talks should be conducted on an equal level within Europe, explaining that ministers should speak with ministers, not officials, but added that the Troika should continue its work and adding that  noting that the European Commission will examine this issue
“Juncker: ‘The Troika insulted the dignity of the Greeks. Ministers must talk to ministers. Not with employees’,” wrote Mr. Papadimoulis late Wednesday on his twitter account .
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John Kerry called to express support, White House standing by Greece’s efforts, step-by-step

On the peak of the negotiations for the poor Greece, while Greece was trying to position itself on a fair play on the euro table,  the Obama administration has leapt to the defence of Greece, warning Germany and European creditors.

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The US deputy-national security adviser said the eurozone authorities had imposed the main burden of adjustment on the weaker deficit states and should do more to accept their share of responsibility for the euro crisis.

Mrs Atkinson described Europe’s insistence on structural reform rather than stimulus as a false dichotomy since one compliments the other. “You need both,” she said, arguing that a culture of “reverse fiscal dominance” had taken hold as countries become overly alarmed by debt burdens

“They have asymmetric rules. They need to make it socially fairer,” she said.

The US administration does not share the widespread view in Europe that there is little risk of contagion if the European Central Bank cuts off liquidity support for the Greek banking system and forces the country out of the euro, the Telegraph underlines in its recent article .

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Late Saturday night, on February 14th, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called  the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs in Athens, Nikos Kotzias in light of the recent Minsk agreement, but to openly express also the support of the U.S. for the success of the efforts of Greece with its European partners, to find a mutually acceptable programme for exiting the crisis.

Since the early moments of Tsipras election, there has been a buzz on the “mediator role” the White house had announced its intention to play. The   Washington-based Greek journalist Michalis Ignatiou had wrote: “The White House intents to assume the role of mediator in order to solve the differences between Greece and its European partners.

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The White House representative received the following question, Ignatiou’s article wrote: “This week, the Greek government is holding talks with the Europeans. Yesterday, the White House issued a statement regarding the United States President’s conversation with the new Greek Prime Minister. What is the White House reaction to the new Greek government’s statement that it will not work with the IMF and the European lenders to lengthen the repayment?”

The White House spokesperson replied as follows:

“I have no particular reaction to that statement. In general, I can say that the President telephoned Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras earlier this week, because as you know, the US is working closely with the EU and the Greeks for many years in an attempt to resolve the economic and financial instability we have seen in Europe. And therein, this instability has implications and consequences on both the United States and the global economy. Therefore, we will continue to work closely with the European Union, and that means working with the new Greek government, trying to resolve these differences and restore Greece, Europe and the global economy to growth and prosperity, because ultimately this will be to the best interest of the US economy.”

Concering the recent Greece’s position on the sanctions to Russia,   State Department spokesperson Jennifer had said on January 30:

“I do not think we’re at the point of concerns” when she was questioned whether there is any concern of the US government about the Greek new government ‘s posistion for Ukraine, regarding the “unity of the EU, especially in relation to the penalties for Ukraine “.
“The new Greek government, I would say, is only a few days old, and obviously”, she said, we expect to have talks with a number of countries. There have been as you know in the past, talks and discussions about what is beneficial or not for the decisions taken with regard to the EU sanctions. So, this is not unusual, “added the spokesman of the US FM. Ms. Psaki, “However”, she stated, “the discussions on the European Union sanctions against Russia ‘are made within the EU “.

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The head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde last week , after her first meeting with Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis praised the knowledge and competency of the Greek officials. She said they had an excellent talk with the Finance Minister.

“They are competent, intelligent, they’ve thought about their issues. We have to listen to them. We are starting to work together and it is a process that is starting and is going to last a certain time,” Lagarde told reporters on entering the  meeting of euro zone finance ministers devoted to Greece, Wednesday February 11th

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