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A No by Greece to EU for joint patrols in Aegean, registration centers in Turkey proposes Lesbos

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“No official European documents raise the issue of joint sea patrols, but if Greece is asked,the answer will be no “–answered unofficially to the media the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias , on the scenario of joint Greek and Turkish patrols on the Aegean Sea for the EU’s external border protection,,,

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Philanthropy to be sustainable?.. could be, by the tycoons for #Greece

Philanthropy in Ancient Greece

Philanthropy in Ancient Greek means then Love of human , and was the purpose of life of the civilized man

Philanthropy to be sustainable?.. could be, by the tycoons for #Greece.

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Greek activist accuses Martin Schulz for his attempt to blackmail Greek voters, while public prosecutor investigates the violation of electoral law by anchors and media

your apology, Mr.Schultz …

Yiannis Siatras, Greek activist and economist, who sent to M.Schultz extrajudicial file asking him to apologize to the Greek people for interfering in Referendum proceedure

the banks closure, the most powerful terrifying tool to manipulate public opinion to a YES, so much expected by euroleaders

Propaganda, not unknown in Greece at all, especially tried and tested by memorandum govts, led to a strong NO (OXI) reaction at the referendum vote

Propaganda, not unknown in Greece at all, especially tried and tested by memorandum govts, led to a strong NO (OXI) reaction at the referendum vote

A war of Propaganda , by epicenter Greece

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Such a hard rock with the West…. while @atsipras departs to Russia

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Athens, metro area, Monastiraki square

(The Endgame in Greece..?)

PARIS – After months of wrangling, the showdown between Greece and its European creditors has come down to a standoff over pensions and taxes. Greece is refusing to acquiesce to demands by its creditors that it cut payments to the elderly and raise the value-added tax on their medicine and electricity.

Europe’s demands – ostensibly aimed at ensuring that Greece can service its foreign debt – are petulant, naive, and fundamentally self-destructive. In rejecting them, the Greeks are not playing games; they are trying to stay alive.

Greece’s GDP, moreover, has shrunk by 25% since the start of the crisis in 2009. Its government is insolvent. Many of its citizens are hungry. Conditions in Greece today are reminiscent of those in Germany in 1933. Of course, the European Union need not fear the rise of a Greek Hitler, not only because it could easily crush such a regime, but also – and more important – because Greece’s democracy has proved impressively mature throughout the crisis wrote on June 16 the Projet Syndicate

by @jodigraphics15 Greece’s GDP, moreover, has shrunk by 25% since the start of the crisis in 2009. Its government is insolvent. Many of its citizens are hungry, wrote the same day the Project Syndicate

Conditions in Greece today are reminiscent of those in Germany in 1933. Of course, the European Union need not fear the rise of a Greek Hitler, not only because it could easily crush such a regime, but also – and more important – because Greece’s democracy has proved impressively mature throughout the crisis wrote on June 16 the Projet Syndicate

Jack Lew called Athens : US urged compromise after Tsipras “attack” to IMF

Cover Page Greece by Guardian June 17, 2015

Cover Page Greece by Guardian June 17, 2015

By his personal intervention in the mountaining Greek crisis Tuesday night, and after Alexis Tsipras speech , US Treasury secretary Jack Lew called the Greek Prime Minister to urge him to reach a realistic compromise, under urgent time, the Guardian reported

In a statement, the Treasury revealed that Lew told Tsipras that the Greek people, and the global economy, would suffer if Athens can’t reach a deal with creditors, wrote Guardian

It added:

“Lew underscored the urgency of Greece making a serious move to reach a pragmatic compromise with its creditors.”

Last month, Lew told an audience in London that all sides should “double down” their efforts to get a deal fast.

(L-R) Luxembourg's Prime Minister and Eurogroup chairman Jean-Claude Juncker, IMF President Christine Lagarde, Germany's Deputy Finance Minister Joerg Asmussen and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble talk at the start of an Euro zone finance ministers' meeting in Brussels October 21, 2011. The European Union has agreed that around 100 billion euros (87 billion pounds) is needed to recapitalise the European banking system, but splits remain before a high-profile summit Sunday over how to strengthen the euro zone's bailout fund.       REUTERS/Thierry Roge (BELGIUM - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

Eurogroup chairman Jean-Claude Juncker, IMF President Christine Lagarde, Germany’s Deputy Finance Minister Joerg Asmussen and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble talk at the start of an Euro zone finance ministers’ meeting in Brussels October 21, 2011. REUTERS/Thierry Roge

 “Responsibility, criminal, has the IMF…”

It was just hours earlier, on Tuesday that the Greek PM, talking on the Parliamentary Commitee of of his party, had said that the International Monetary Fund  has “criminal responsibility” for Greece’s debt crisis and called on the country’s European creditors to assess the IMF’s policies.

“The time has come for the IMF’s proposals to be judged not just by us but especially by Europe,” Tsipras told his parliamentary group, two days after the failure of debt talks of the Greek delegation in Brussles with the IMF and the European Union

“Right now, what dominates is the IMF’s harsh views on tough measures, and Europe’s on denying any discussion over debt viability,”

Tsipras said, adding:

“The fixation on cuts… is most likely part of a political plan… to humiliate an entire people that has suffered in the past five years through no fault of its own,”

“The time has come for the IMF’s proposals to be judged in public.. .by Europe,” he told the MPs of his radical left Syriza party, the Guardian had commented

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PM Tsipras: ‘We submitted a sustainable proposal. Creditors want to humiliate Greece’

  By the ANA/MPA update:  Tuesday June 16, 2015 17:25
After four months of intensive negotiations, Greece had submitted a proposal that could have been the basis for a sustainable and socially acceptable agreement, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told SYRIZA’s Parliamentary group on Tuesday.
Instead of a reply, the creditors responded with a five-page document that ignored the preceding negotiations, he added.
He said the institutions were demanding high fiscal targets and refusing to accept the equivalent measures proposed by the Greek side. “This insistence on a programme of cuts that has failed and measures that cannot be accepted is not only wrong, it most likely serves political ends and a plan to humiliate not just the government but the Greek people,” he said.
He also accused the previous New Democracy-PASOK government of setting up “a minefield” to sabotage the present government’s efforts. “We knew that it would not be a walk in the park and that there would be no grace period for us. We threw ourselves into the battle when we were up against a minefield, from the previous government that was seeking a ‘left parenthesis’.”
In a brief review of the government’s work, the prime minister stressed that every decision was a great battle against the memorandum regime. “We intend to continue along these lines so that at the end of our four years we will dismantle the memorandum regime,” he said. Tsipras said the Greek side had repeatedly made clear that the agreement reached could not be a continuation of memorandum policies, of austerity and recession that brought only problems to the country.
Noting that the government would complete its fifth month in power within a few days, he said the party had faced an extremely difficult situation from the start and had managed to get the country to stand on its feet, in spite of the difficulties, taking measures to address the humanitarian crisis and to help those with overdue debts.
He also said the mandate given to the Greek government from the people was not one of “creative ambiguity” but a clear mandate to end policies of austerity in the country after five years of harsh measures that had hugely increased social inequality. 
 
“We will continue to the end with the same calmness and sobriety and determination to find a solution, not just an agreement. We will continue, therefore, to work for a solution,” he said. He stressed that the final agreement must include specific and binding clauses for dealing with the country’s financing problem, which became worse during the five-year memorandum period, with exclusive responsibility on the part of the institutions for this outcome.
 
Tsipras said that the government was obliged to strive for an agreement that will have clear redistributive elements, will not burden wager earners and pensioners further and will place part of the burden on those that had not paid their share for the exit from the crisis.
 
At the same time, he added, it must be an agreement that did not extend the uncertainty but ended the discussion on the notorious Grexit once and for all.
“Who pays taxes in this country is exclusively the Greek government’s job. The time has come at last for the oligarchy and not working people to pay for the crisis. Not wage earners, not pensioners. Not the self-employed,” he said.
 
Despite a clamour of hostile statements in recent days, there are still forces in Europe that recognise the mistakes and understand how critical the situation is, forces working to find a just solution, and these are the forces that must prevail, Tsipras said.
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White House on the same day, (June 16) urged Greece and lenders to close a deal quickly

  Tuesday June16, 2016 ANA/MPA
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, also, on Tuesday 16/06, expressed his optimism that Greece and its creditors will reach a deal and market instability will be avoided.
Asked on the course of the negotiations between Athens and the EU institutions, Earnest said that Washington is optimistic over a positive outcome because all partners participating in the negotiations are aware of the importance of reaching a deal.
“We have clear positions, namely that the Greek people have faced prolonged difficulties and have taken difficult but important steps to pave the way for a sustainable economic recovery.
The Greek government and its international partners need to work quickly to finalize a credible reform program that can lay the groundwork for long-term growth within the eurozone,” he underlined.
Asked to comment on US president’s statement last week that the Greek people will have to proceed to tougher policy choices and that the burden will be borne by the Greek government, Earnest replied that
both sides should engage in talks that will lead to a compromise deal.
“We have stressed the importance for the Greek government to move forward on critical structural reforms. And I know that this is what Greece’s creditors are waiting for. And I think, any final agreement will require a commitment on this basis. But ultimately this is something that all sides need to work on.”

CHI6QKxW8AAToDoτσιπραςWho is the liar?

Juncker accused Alexis Tsipras’s administration of misleading voters about proposals he had made to help solve the country’s debt crisis.

As Reuters announced,  just after Prime Minister’s speech on Parliamentary commitee on Tusday, the president of the European Commission declared

“I don’t care about the Greek government, I do care about the Greek people,” he said noting that many “are suffering more than others in the European Union” from efforts to reduce debts.

“The debate in Greece and outside Greece would be easier if the Greek government would tell exactly what the Commission … is really proposing. I am blaming the Greeks (for telling) things to the Greek public which are not consistent with what I’ve told the Greek prime minister.”

The Greek govt  answered acutely, and published, later, the lenders’ proposal script

On that , it is obvious indeed, as the Greek media comment during the last 24h, that the institutions, had asked for pensions cuts and higher electricity bills, as the Greek PM had said. Besides, Greeks voted Tsipras for talking clearly to the people, after five ( at least constant years of lies nad communication chaos .

164693_600“We never said it was the view of the Commission, or of Mr Juncker personally,” said the statement referring to the cash-for-reforms proposal that Juncker handed prime minister Alexis Tsipras last week.

The proposal was made by the three institutions (and was handed by Jean Claude Juncker)

The govt statement- that came as an answer, to Jean Claude Junckers’ accusations of misinterprenting the proposal or misinterprenting him-, characterised  “positive” the fact that the EU chief had made, even by that way, clear, that he, too, disagrees with several of the proposal’s aspects.

“The Greek government has submitted proposals with measures that fully cover the fiscal gap, transferring the burden from the weakest social classes as well as suggesting a reduction in defense spending.”

Departure Ready to St. Petesburg

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and other foreign leaders in the framework of the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, the president’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. “A working meeting has been scheduled with Alexis Tsipras on Friday, June 19, on the sidelines of the Forum,” he stated. The Kremlin’s spokesman, according to ITAR-TASS, said that Putin will also have working meetings with other foreign leaders who will attend the Forum, including Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yang, President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev, Prime Minister of Mongolia Chimed Saikhanbileg.

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Why not give your family jewerly, Greeks, to save your country , asked DW

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Koreans’ gold donations – a model for Greeks?

Koreans donated billions of euros’ worth of family gold jewelry to help pay down their nation’s IMF debt , once, on 1997. a debt Korea paid off ahead of schedule. Is this an example for Athens? Might this also work for Greece?

“The core idea is quite right,” said economist Rolf Langhammer, who was vice president of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy during the Asian crisis “We need to transfer funds from the private sector to the state, so the state can meet its obligations.”
Though, “the situation is not quite the same” R.L. explained on DW, noting that Greece’s current problem, in contrast to that of Korea in 1997, doesn’t involve a shortage of foreign exchange reserves.

The diffence with the Greeks, to be exact, is that no one of the folk actually did rob this country, or cheated the international monetary organisations to enter the Eurozone. Greeks entered  the most bleeding session of their modern history,  being introduced form the very first moment of the crisis , also,  a chaotic and non-comprehending situation of What this crisis was, Who caused it and Why ,and What could be done. Plus, day-to-day, the European reality makes it more obvious to the Greek  soul, that the Eurozone for which all these sacrificies are gone , in the name of the Euro, doesn’t seem to give a dumm on what human pain is. Does not even seem to understand what humanitarian means .

This is the rucial core, for the Greeks,  of understanding or not, begging on a nation’s knees in the name of the Euro, or not.

Most of the Greeks today, would like to hear an alternative scenario

parliamentary-committee-to-examine-memorandum.w_lA Parliameary commitee of experts is tasked the previous days by Alexis Tsipras governmenet to asses whether previous governments upheld the interests of the Greek people by signing two agreements with the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund pledging austerity measures in exchange for bailout funding.

The commitee has  requested the examination of four political periods that led to now,  putting George Papandreou, Lucas Papademos, Antonis Samaras and Evangelos Venizelos in the spotlight.

  • October 2009 – May 2010 : the signing of the first loan agreement by the then Prime Minister George Papandreou.
  • May 2010 – November 2011: the signing of the second loan agreement.
  • November 2011 – May 2012: the PSI restructuring of Greek debt (during which many Greek small bond-holders took major losses) under the administration of Lucas Papademos.
  • May 2012 – January 25 – The handling of the debt crisis by the Venizelos – Samaras coalition government.