An apparently “angry” Sarkozy and an allegedly “shocked” Merkel are to welcome Greek PM George Papandreou in Cannes, a “Greek side-dish” on the G20 Summit menu. Sarkozy and Merkel claim that they were stunned and taken by surprise by Papandreou’s referendum on the loan-agreement and they expressed their objection to the issue. They are so mad, that they even “threaten” to release they sixth aid tranche after the referendum. At the same time, they will press Greek PM to hold the referendum as soon as possible, i.e. on the first days of December, December 7th the latest.
In less than one month EU and Greece would have to work out all details of the bailout/loan-agreement, otherwise there would be no basis on the referendum vote. In less than a month, the Greek public would have to be informed on crucial issues that will hold them ‘imprisoned’ for two-three decades. And so on and so on.
It looks that Merkel and Sarkozy are so angry on Papandreou that they want to punish him with a race against time. But I don’t want to write further on this, as the Cannes meeting is still open.
What wonders me is Why Sarkozy and Merkel pretend to knew nothing about the referendum on the debt crisis.
Last summer, right after the July 21st Agreement, PM Papandreou had spoke about a referendum. I even remember to have reported about it, I’m just too busy to search for the link right now.
Early October, Greek Justice Minister Haris Kastanidis had officially announced that the government was considering a referendum on the debt crisis. A heated debate in the Greek Parliament followed.
Kastanidis referendum news made it through the international press in British and I suppose in French and German media. Furthermore, both French and German diplomatic representations in Athens have well equipped Greek press review and translation services.
So how comes, they pretend they didn’t know?
Nice Referendum-Video in SKY News from October 6, 2011
Is there any game playing behind our backs? Any ideas?