Yeap. It’s official. German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler fully agrees with the idea of a ‘state commissioner’ for Greece. He spoke to German newspaper Bild and here is what he said:
German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler backed beefed-up EU monitoring of Greece in an interview to be published on Monday, after Athens dismissed calls for it to give up control over its budget.
Roesler, who is also Germany’s vice chancellor, told the daily Bild that the European Union should step in to ensure that Greece toes the line of budget austerity as it struggles to emerge from a crippling debt crisis.
“We need more leadership and monitoring in implementing the course of reform (in Greece),” he was quoted as saying.
“If the Greeks fail to do this themselves, the leadership and monitoring must come in a stronger way from outside, for example via the EU.” (AFP)
I can vaguely recall that I had posted about similar German proposal some time ago, maybe last summer? I might try to find this KTG post tomorrow.