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Merkel: ” Our Hearts Bleed” For Austerity-Hit Greek Pensioners

The woman has her heart on  the right place. And this sensitive heart of German Chancellor Angela Merkel is bleeding. Over the plight of Greek pensioners who have to suffer sharp  income decreases. I’m not kidding.

Angela Merkel made indeed such a statement in front of German taxpayers, during a forum with German citizens organized by the chancellery.

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday expressed sympathy for Greeks who are hard hit by austerity measures imposed to bring down the country’s crippling debt, AFP reported

“Our hearts bleed when we see today that the pension of each Greek civil servant and employee is reduced,” she told German citizens during a forum organised by the chancellery.

Merkel has been firm in insisting that Greece comply with its commitments to cut its public spending to rein in debt.

In a televised interview Sunday, she warned that every day counts for Greece to redouble its efforts in implementing the required reforms.
At the forum, Merkel also highlighted the gulf between the wealthy and the poor, noting that “rich and comfortable people are so mobile in the world that they can leave their countries without any problems”. ( via Focus News Agency)

Sympathy from the devil? A Christmas Angel-a in August? So heartbreaking….  I would bust into tears, if I weren’t on vacation.

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  1. I don’t think this woman has a heart!

  2. I think she means blood leaving the right ventricle of the heart to go to the rest of the body. We are always bleeding hearts in that sense. Her heart bleeds even when she sees a fly or a flower or a cement wall.

  3. If Chancellor Merkel truly cares about the Greek pensioners she could advocate: 1) Reductions in both the net present value and interest rates of Greek government bonds presently held by the ECB, some EU governments and perhaps the IMF, 2) The €50 billion loan which is going to be used for the recapitalization of the Greek banks not be added to the public debt. The implementation by the Greek government of many structural changes in conjunction with the enactment of the two measures mentioned above will ensure that : a) The Greek pensioners won’t experience any more income reductions, b) The public debt will become viable, c) The economy will in time grow again. Words aren’t enough, actions giving Greece some breathing space are urgently needed.

  4. Has anyone noticed that Merkel looks like the Chucky Doll on the horror films. I read that somewhere and now that I think about it, it’s true. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGuSXpbmGxg&feature=related