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Angry at creditors: “Greece can’t make more concessions”; several ministers speak of “snap elections”

Creditors did not manage to agree on a joint position towards Greece at an emergency meeting Monday night in Berlin. Officially, all they decided about was that “work had to speed up”. No statement was released. But the Greek government is angry as it was waiting for a political decision to put an end to the agony of possible default on upcoming Friday,  June 5th. Tuesday morning, several high-ranking SYRIZA officials brought back the scenario of early elections stressing that no more concessions can be made.

“There is no room for more compromises. We are waiting for the other side to assume its responsibilities,” Labor Minister Panos Skourletis told private Skai TV on Tuesday morning, adding it was now time for a “political” solution to the crisis.

“If there is no honorable compromise, we should ask the people before we sign it (the agreement)” Skourletis stressed.

SYRIZA’s parliamentary group spokesman Nikos Filis told private ANT1 TV, that if 12 lawmakers from SYRIZA would not vote for the Greece-creditors agreement “there should be elections.”

Deputy PM Yannis Dragasakis tweeted this morning:

“As government we neither accept ultimatums, not do we bend to blackmailing.”

“Greek economy and society cannot take more austerity.

Speaking at a conference, Dragasakis said that the agreement with the creditors has to have “a clear roadmap to secure debt sustainability” as well as “low primary surplus, like 1% for 2015 and 1.5% for 2016.”

The ida of snap elections is reportedly supported also by coalition government junior partner Independent Greeks. Parliamentary group spokesman Nikos Nikolopoulos told media this morning that the people should decide who they consider as most appropriate to dela with the creditors.

He predicted that elections could be held on June 28th after a political decision taken by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Theoretically, elections could be held  within three weeks.

Practically? In recent public opinion polls, only 10% of the respondents were in favor of elections.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, ECB chief Mario Draghi and IMF head Christine Lagarde had a two-hour emergency meeting about Greece on Monday night.


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  1. “Creditors did not manage to agree on a joint position towards Greece at an emergency meeting Monday night in Berlin.”

    Serious, KTG?

    Blunt Syriza propaganda lies (“It’s not us – it’s them!”)?

    Fact is: the creditors have made their final offer and now – as it is time to lay out cards on the table and all bluffs are called – Syriza does not know how to explain to their voters that their cardhouse has collapsed.

    • keeptalkinggreece

      oh oh oh an insider troll speaking here.

    • I qould say its the other way around. The troika has put the greek people through hell and wants them to go further down the hellish pit.

      The people have voted for a party that went to elections saying “no nore bailouts” and the troika has not been showing respect to the decision the greeks have made.

      It doesn’t matter if the troika has been “making its final offer” because if a country refuses to accept it it means that the people of greece refuses to accept it.

      I would say that the cardhouse of the EU has fallen and its neoliberal projekt is starting to show its fatal flaws, im saying that the cardhouse is not the greek politicians stand.

      Im saying that the cardhouse is the currency of the euro and that the troika refuses to accept this fact..

      • Fine.

        But why do you not continue with the consequences of what you are saying?

        Get Greece out of the Euro and get Greece out of Europe.

        We will see, where further development will bring Europe and where it will bring Greece.

        • Giaourti Giaourtaki

          Why don’t you eliminate 2/3 of the languages used in countries like Germoney, 2/3 stolen from Greece?
          As Europe is a Greek word there can’t be Europe without Greece unless you call it Barbaria.
          Are you already organizing pogroms against Greeks?

          • In yet another attempt to capitalize on your ancestors, you are getting slightly hysterical.

            Hellenism is 2300 years past. Still not found anything more recent to be proud of? – Well, this is a sign, I guess.

          • Giaourti Giaourtaki

            Are you sitting at your favourite kebab and for every anti-Greek bash you’re wanking out you’re getting a Raki or what?
            Pl tell the waiter your “Greeks out!”, may be he understands “Ausländer Raus!” and ask you “NSU?” before getting his knife…
            Capitalization would be selling the Acropolis to Facebook for 10.000 billion Ois and then put fire to it.

          • As Europe is a Greek word there can’t be Europe without Greece

            This is quietly being worked on…

            As a gesture of good will towards David Cameron, Merkel and her lapdog Hollande have agreed that English will be the official language of their proposed stronger European Union. Angela Merkel will address the German parliament in order to pass this major concession when the Bundestag votes on this. Many hardline German politicians not only insist on austerity uber alles (for others), they also insist on German becoming the official language of the new-look European Union.
            In order to soften the blow this concession will no doubt deliver to the hardliners in the Bundestag, David Cameron has agreed to certain concessions as well and make “Euro-English” reality within the next 5 years. He hopes this will help him win the referendum on EU membership in the UK.
            These are the concessions Camaron has agreed to

            To create “Euro-English”, a 5-year plan will be implemented. In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c” currently in use in English. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of “k”, which should klear up konfusion and keyboards can bekome cheaper bekause there will be one less key.
            In the sekond year publik enthousiasm will grow when the troublesome “ph” will be replased with “f”. This will again result in major savings bekause words like fotograf will be 20% shorter.
            As a direkt result of the enthousiasm kreated in year 1 and 2, the third year will allow for mor komplkated changes to be implemented.
            The EU will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling, therby making even more savings. During this year the horible mes of the silent “e” wil also be adresed and this disgraseful praktise wil end.
            During the fourth year people wil be reseptiv to replasing the “th” with a proper “z” and the “w” with ze universal “v”, rezulting in even cheaper keyboards. During zis year ze unesesary “o” in vords vit “ou” vil alzo be droped, “ae” vil bekome “i” and “y” vil be “ei”
            Euro Englis vil hav a sensibel riten steil. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and everivun vil find it ezi to understand itch oza. Ze drem of a United Urop vil kom kloser. Und efter ze funft yer und ze final tzenjes ve vil al spik Uro-Englis. Und alles wird wie es sein sollte.

          • keeptalkinggreece

            lol I remember we once dealt with this language-austerity plans of EU

          • Giaourti Giaourtaki

            “Greece out of Europe”…
            One can’t imagine how many people constantly don’t understand the meanings of EU, EC, Euro and Europe and lots of them also believe that Greece was part of the east until 1989, just because the internet is full of Greek “socialism”. May be that’s also the root of the spin of the cheaper spin doctors that puts Greece on the same level as Bulgaria and Albania. Ballermann: “No wonder that on Cyprus is still a wall, and wow, we can visit it.”

  2. Giaourti Giaourtaki

    Painted with pictures of the usual end of the month pensioners waiting for money the German media tries to sell it as an emergency meeting with surprise visits from Lagarde and Draghi in the middle of the night, but Reuters already reported their planned visit around 2 pm.
    Also they seem to have missed the possibility to pay the IMF at end of June and now come up 3 days too late with it as a developing story about the tricky Greek thieves that blackmail and pee in the Bavarian beer of Märklin’s G-7-meeting. I guess beside that there will be any demonstration and any stay of protesters made impossible also the Bavarian flag will be forbidden as its colours could provoke the guests to some jokes.

  3. “As Europe is a Greek word there can’t be Europe without Greece unless you call it Barbaria”.
    Most languages have words that derive from other languages. That is a fact and not really something that sets any people and its language apart from others. So, that observation is so sily that it doesn’t really deserve much more in terms of an answer.
    “The people have voted for a party that went to elections saying “no nore bailouts” and the troika has not been showing respect to the decision the greeks have made.”
    The people also voted for the parties in every previous elections. Are you saying that every four years, the rest of the world risks having any agreement with Greece (which, incidentally, agreed to the terms of both bailouts) scraped just because the people of Greece changed its mind and refuses to honour it? Oh dear…