The austerity nightmare has no end. Despite the fact that the International Monetary Fund has only an adviser role in the third bailout program, it keeps pushing and pushing for cuts and more cuts without end. It wants cuts in unemployment allowance – currently at 360 euro. Cuts in poverty and heating allowance for social vulnerable groups, cuts also in the medical expenses taxpayers add in their income declarations.
The International Monetary Fund wants almost half a billion euro measures in case Greece does not meet the targets. I have no idea, whether the IMF new demands have to do with the Fund’s wrong calculations and estimations that most probably end in new demands because the IMF technocrats simply cannot deal with their own inefficiency.
It was only a couple of days ago, the fund’s director for the European Program, Poul Thomsen, admitted one more wrong projection. Thomsen said the fund’s technocrats mistakenly (?) did not take into account the impact of one of Greece’s major economic factors: the capital controls, imposed since end of June 2015!
The austerity measures worth €450 million for 2018 the IMF now demands from Greece are:
- cuts in allowance for unemployment, children, poverty and … natural disasters.
- cuts in heating allowance for social vulnerable groups; total worth 58 million euros
- abolish tax reduction for medical expenses; this will increase tax burden to €121million
Greece’s creditors dictate also a hiring cap for time contracts in the public sector.
For the so-called countermeasures – social measures – the government agreed for 2019-2020 in Malta, the IMF ha a different approach. The measures should be allowed to be implemented not when Greece has a 3.5% primary surplus but “when there is a space of 0.2%” which is 3.7%.
Creditors sent to Athens draft agreements before the talks for the second review assumed beginning of the week. A total of 128 pages containing the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies (MEFP) and the Technical Memorandum of Understanding (TMU) of the IMF and the Supplementary Memorandum of Understanding (SMoU) and the technical supplement (TMU) of the European Commission.
I am sure, the more details of the insane demands will come out in the following days.
I wonder, what the IMF would demand if it was part of the third bailout….
To the point comment by @photisss Retweeted Keep Talking Greece
If the IMF were tasked to fight apartheid, they would demand the removal of the suppressed party.
PS At the end of the day, creditors will have kept Greece the country and would have exterminated Greeks, the people. At the end of the day, Greeks will have to pay for the IMF’s weakness, inefficiency and insecurity.