Berlin never made a secret that it would love to see To Potami as SYRIZA’s coalition partner. Martin Schulz from German coalition partner SPD and President of European Parliament said it openly and right away, just four days after the elections and the new Greek coalition government. In his blatant intervention to Greek politics, Martin Schulz said:
“For me it would be better, Mr. Tsipras had to work with To Potami […] And let’s not forget, the current opposition is the government of tomorrow,” Schulz said adding that To Potami is ready to take responsibility for the country’s European course.” (KTG 29. Jan 2015)
Less than one a half month and several more or less successful eurogroup – Greece meetings later, some conspiracy scenarios are in circulation claiming that Brussels & Berlin are plotting against the Greek government, with the aim to establish a national unity government with a weakened SYRIZA.
Fuel to the scenario are the recent ECB decision to exclude Greece from the Quantitative Easing scheme that ends up in “Greece’s economic suffocation”. But also the developments in major opposition party Nea Dimokratia with former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras stuck in party’s chairmanship chair despite the elections defeat.
Brussels and Berlin allegedly try to weaken SYRIZA through “economic suffocation with the help of ECB”, “stubbornness towards the Greek government’s reforms,” and the recent carrot that the “ECB may include Greece into Quantitative Easing (QE) scheme, if Greece fully complies with austerity reforms.”
Aim of the plotters in Brussels and Berlin plotters is to establish a Greek “national unity government” with the participation of pro-memorandum political parties and to enforce Greece to sign a new memorandum of understanding, that is a new bailout program and continue the strict austerity.
According to the main conspiracy scenario, that bears the name: Code: “National Unity Government”:
The economic suffocation will lead SYRIZA to step back from many of its positions and elections promises, with the effect that one part of SYRIZA [the radical, anti-asterity Left Platform of Energy Minister Dimitris Lafazanis, I assume] will abandon the government. Then SYRIZA will need an additional coalition partners whom it will find only among the pro-memorandum parties like To Potami and Nea Dimokratia -with or without Samaras, preferably without, as even his European partners allegedly consider him as ‘finished’.
Apart from the new-memorandum effect, the European and German plotters target also “to weaken leftist SYRIZA as the dominant political power in Greece” and get rid of the bad political example for the people, the citizens, taxpayers and voters in Europe, especially in Spain and Portugal.
What Brussels and Berlin dislike in Greek government were:
“FinMin Varoufakis”, “The semantics of the Greek government concerning the Troika and the bailout program”, “The Greek approach to Russia”, “A possible affiliation with the BRICS”.
The Brussels-Berlin Don’t-Like-List is getting fueled each and every day by statements of Greek government officials like the one by Defence Minister Panos Kammenos who threatened to “flood Europe with undocumented migrants” preferably Berlin.
In the broader conspiracy theory narrative, it is also the USA playing an important role. In addition to all this, the scenario dish is been garnished with geopolitical blossoms, EURUSD parity petals and lots of Grexit essence.
So apparently it is Schulz’s statement, Samaras still sitting in ND chairmanship and “ECB’s decision to economically suffocate Greece” are the main and real factors that have triggered the fantasy of conspiracy theories activists to sit down and plot their plot.
Another scenario has been recently claiming that also the party-in-self-decay PASOK would join the National Unity Government. However, the script-writers had forgotten that PASOK might not even get into Parliament should new elections take place imminent.
In a late night political show of a small private television channel ART on Monday, there was talk that “a high-ranking ND official had claimed that Chancellor Angela Merkel had determined that Samaras remains at the chairmanship of Nea Dimokratia.”
The B&B Plot
Provided you’re willing to believe the Greek economic-political events on the grounds of a conspiracy theory, be aware that the substance of the B&B Plot is that:
Greece may be small and broke but the whole world, EU, Berlin, USA, Russia, all possible and impossible players and evil forces have come together to plot in favor or against the Greek government, and that they secretly plan to overthrow it and replace it through unlawful means and in best case enhanced it with pro-Europe, pro-austerity government partners.
Funny though hat these conspiracy scenarios do not include the role of national and international journalists swinging the bank-run tomahawk, waving the imminent-insolvency axe and terrorizing the average Greek and European taxpayer with a plethora of distortion and misleading information on a non-stop basis. Not to mention the anti-Greek campaigns with the German media playing a leading role.
Here is to remind you of the recent BILD’s Greek-Bashing campaign or a DIE WELT article claiming that the Greek government was “hostile against Jews” just because of its criticism to Israeli politics in Gaza.
PS: No, I have no idea which political circles leak such scenarios. It could be anyone…. and it serves many.
BTW: I have to officially declare that so far I have no clue whatsoever, whether the Eurogroup partners and Germany are indeed in favor of a Greek exit of the euro or not!