Clearly angry about the lastest pressure on Greece from the side of its so-called European partners, and especially angry about German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeublem, the President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias “fired back”.
“I cannot accept that Mr Schaeuble taunts my country. I cannot accept it as a Greek. Who is Mister Schaeuble who can taunt Greece? Who are the Dutch? Who are the Finns?”
Papoulias strong reaction came after Germany, Finland and the Netherlands threaten to halt the aid package to Greece until after the palriamentary elections take place.
“We all have the duty to overcome the cricis” Papoulias added and stressed that ” We have always been proud to defend not only our own freedom, not only our own country, but the freedom of Europe.”
Video: Papoulias on Schaeuble in Greek
Papoulias criticized in the strongest manner ‘games’ played by Greece European “partners” who after enforced the Papademos government to pass the new loan agreement and the additional austerity package, now threaten to give the new aid package only after the palriamentary elecetions will have taken place. And mos tpobably put pressure and blackmail the future government as well.
On Wednesday morning, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble expressed concern about the commitments of the future Greek government taking into consideration that the public opinion and the political parties are against the austerity measures and the loan agreement. He propposed even a government of technocrats like in Italy.
Read the controversial excerpt from Schaeuble’s interview in “German FinMin: Blatant intervetion in Greece’s democratic procedures“.