Greeks are deeply stunned and green from envy, to hear the debate inside the Cypriot Parliament during the crucial voting on bank deposits tax. The eurogroup imposed measure for a Cyprus bailout that will be rejected by the Cypriots.
Hardly had the discussion started in the Cypriot Parliament on the depositors’ tax and a friend called me.
“Look at them, look at them. They say NO to Troika, they will down vote the bank tax and our politicians said Yes to every dot and comma imposed by the Troika. Shame on them!”
Equal are the comments of Greek internet users.
While Greek are already in the 3. loan agreement, they can’t but be utmost surprised to hear Yiannakis Omirou from EDEK saying “our proposal is to say No to agreement and renegotiation” or Dimitris Syllouris from EUROKO claiming “Cyprus can live also without the Troika.”
Yes, they hear Cypriots sharply criticizing the European Union for not showing the famous European solidarity but having mutated to loan sharks. Worse than this, some Cypriot party leaders even criticize their own government spokesman for misleading the people by claiming “no deposits’ tax was due”.
Unbelievable things are spoke, down there in the Cypriot Parliament.
Something that neither conservative Nea Dimocratia nor socialist PASOK ever did. Every parliament debate before loan agreement voting turned to a blame-game between the two parties that governed the country for almost four decades and ruined it with their policies.
Instead for fighting a minimum of negotiation, they instead signed one loan agreement after the one and caused sheer panic among the Greek citizens with the total economical state collapse. As if we the loan agreements, we do have heating oil or medicine for our patients….
Cyprus voting is to take place tonight at 8:00 pm local time
A simple majority in the 56-member House of Representatives would be required for approval of the government bill on the deposits haircut.
Three parties AKEL (19 seats), EDEK (5) and the single-seat Greens decided on Sunday that they would vote against the haircut. This leaves President Anastasiades relying on his party DISY (20 seats) and his government’s coalition partner DIKO (8).
Also EUROKO (2 seats) will not vote in favor.
Even if he ensures that all DISY members would back the bill the support of the eight members of DIKO that would give the government a fighting chance of passing it, is far from certain. At least three DIKO deputies had indicated they would not back the bill.
Anastasiades party DISY abstains from the voting.
A bit earlier on Tuesday, Greeks were astonished to hear that Finance Minister Michalis Sarris had submitted his resignation to president Anastasiades for ‘having failed to strike a better deal” during the Eurogroup meeting on Saturday. Anastasiades did not accept Sarris’ resignation and sent him to Moscow to strike a deal with the Russians. He might be replaced when back to Nicosia.
No, nobody resigned in Greece, nobody admitted responsibility for the grave failures and the total surrender to the Troika. A surrendered that sent to impoverishment millions of Greek families.
No wonder prime minister Antonis Samaras cancellled his visit to Finland, March 22-24th.
He has been maybe scared to have to face some social unrest, should Cypriots down vote the deposits tax, give a kick on Troika’s ass and go away with it.