I thought that it was only Stupidity that had no limits. I was wrong. It is also Boldness. Especially in Brussels the center of Europe that has mutated into the major command center currently carrying the economic World War III. Lost in ghosts of the past, the European Commission issues statements that remind us of historical hostile communiques and ultimatums that traditionally ended in armed conflicts, aggression, destruction and death. A more or less similar “communique” was issued by Declan Costello, director at the European Commission’s directorate for economic and financial affairs.
“We would strongly urge having the proper policy consultations first, including consistency with reform efforts. There are several issues to be discussed and we need to do them as a coherent and comprehensive package.
“Doing otherwise would be proceeding unilaterally and in a piecemeal manner that is inconsistent with the commitments made, including to the Eurogroup as stated in the February 20 communiqué.”
The Costello communique was published by Channel 4 journalist Paul Manson.
So, an EC clerk Declan Costello orders a member country Greece to stop the planned measures to tackle the humanitarian crisis but also a planned law allowing tax arrears to be paid in up to 100 installments that could bring revenues in the state pockets.
What does Costello tells Greece? “He effectively says that if the Greek parliament votes on the new law it is a violation of the compromise deal signed by finance minister Yanis Varoufakis on 20 February in Brussels,” notes Paul Manson.
Greeks: E-mail? what E-mail?
Deep in anger, the Greek left-led coalition government decided to ignore the European Commission order and proceed with the planned legislation.
“Some want to turn Greece also to a political lab rat, in addition of being an economic lab rat,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in his speech at the Parliament during the law debate on Wednesday.
Tsipras said further that the government plans to fulfill its elections promises and that Europe has accepted not only that there is an unprecedented humanitarian crisis but also that there is a government against the neo-liberal dogma.
The Greek Prime Minister made clear that the government will follow a different path than the previous governments did and that “we will not accept technocrats and we will not legislate according to e-mails,” as he said characteristically.
Sharply criticizing the EU partners and also the technocrats’ behavior, Tsipras said:
“They expose Europe. Some have the audacity to write on paper and send e-mail saying that tackling the humanitarian crisis is unilateral action. Is this the Europe we have envisioned? The one that creates a humanitarian crisis, it admits it and then considers the bill to address the crisis unilateral action? “
“For fifty days we have been receiving the same and the same threats and it runs out that they are empty of content,” Tsipras stressed most probably in the direction of Germany and Wolfgang Schaeuble.
Did you know that the official name of famous German bombers in WWII, the Stuka (Sturzkampfflugzeug, dive-bomber), was Junkers Ju 87?