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German MPs approve 3. bailout for Greece; Schaeuble, Merkel in “One picture worth a thousand words” snapshot

With an overwhelming majority the German Parliament (Bundestag) approved the 3. bailout aid for Greece. 454 German lawmakers voted in favor of the bailout, 113 against and there were 18 abstentions.

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble defended the 3. bailout for Greece telling his colleagues among others:

– It would be “irresponsible” of Germany not to approve a third bailout for Greece.

– “There is no guarantee that all of this will work.”

– The Greek parliament has already approved most of the measures, and as such it “would be irresponsible not to seize this chance for a new beginning in Greece.”

However, it is not important what Schaeuble told his Bundestag colleagues. He was trying to “sell” to them the 3. bailou and get their vote.

What I find more important is a picture of Schaeuble, Chancellor Merkel and Vice Chancellor Gabriel at the side of the Greece’s 3. bailout debate in the Parliament.

One picture = One Thousand words

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Wolfgang Schaeuble shows Merkel and Gabriel the height of Greek Debt. I hear him saying “So far, Greek debt is so high HoHoHo!” Merkel smiles with satisfaction, while coalition partner Gabriel looks up to her hoping she will support him to keep the SPD chairmanship.

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11 comments

  1. Gerrit Zeilemaker

    In the CDU and CSU parties 63 no votes and 3 abstenstions. Looks like voting in Syriza.

    • Giaourti Giaourtaki

      With the little frat difference that kicking out party-rebels in Germoney is anti-democratic but to do not so in Greece shows that Tsipraki is not reliable.

  2. René Henri Pasche

    Foto: Schäuble speaking about the Greek negotiators : “So klein sind sie geworden” (so small they turned out to be). Merkel smiles with satisfaction. Gabriel keeps the Greek FM or Tsipras as a hostage in his hand.

  3. Giaourti Giaourtaki

    I can salute always like this because only standing up and with feet together it is banned

  4. The European Union Charter of Fundemantal Rights:
    Austerity have contravened this charter across Europe ?

    • René Henri Pasche

      The two important international instruments are: The European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of the Council of Europe (ECHR) and the Social Charter established to support it. All members of the EU have ratified these treaties and are legaly bound.The European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights is the meagre result of the efforts to have a “European Constitution”. It does not bind the EU members as States directly, but the European lawmakers and all the other EU institutions are obliged to respect the norms and principles. So you might say that even the Troika must respect them. But as the reforms are the task of the Greek Government and Parlament it is still the Greek laws and Constitution, together with the ECHR, that stipulate what is allowed and what not.

      • Giaourti Giaourtaki

        May be not but like regarding reparations the problem could be that there must come something official from the government: “…It’s ridiculous for the others to accuse a country destroyed over five years of blackmail. But anyway, it’s the wrong argument. The correct argument is that a Grexit and all the other measures that the Greeks have suffered are illegal under international law, under labour law, under the European treaties, the European Convention on Human Rights, European declaration of labour rights [contained in the European Social Charter].
        The funny thing is that in early 2014, the European Parliament and all of them started attacking the Troika, with statements that it is illegal, unaccountable, is following measures that are destroying human rights, labour rights. Of course, we had a [conservative] government that didn’t want to hear about this, because it wanted to attack the opposition and not the creditors. It failed to see that this was the greatest weapon we had.
        For the weak side, there are only two methods. One is the law – an appeal for legitimacy – and the other is an appeal for the truth – who is right and who is wrong in the arguments, and in terms of human rights. Under the law, everybody is equal. […] So, if you appeal to the European Court of Justice and say “I am not treated equally as a member of the EU, NATO” et cetera, they won’t be able to dismiss it. Especially if you have a fair period of time to make your case.” ….
        To be found at Part 4 of: ‘We underestimated their power’: Greek government insider lifts the lid on five months of ‘humiliation’ and ‘blackmail’ OK, there is also said it’s too late…
        For the Greek part in this there is a parliamentary inquiry taking place that already pre-publish parts of the results.

  5. IN OTHER WORDS THW AUSTERITY MEASURES ARE ILLEGAL
    ISN’T ANYONE WATCHING ?

    • Giaourti Giaourtaki

      Sure someone is watching but one needs a lot of money for a good lawyer because then it would be also possible to get by “democracy” hidden war-criminals like Merkel and Steinmeier to Den Haag for Germoney’s biggest (so far) known post-war mass-murder in Kunduz/Afghanistan but democracy is such a perfect crime and/or young lawyers are similar corrupted within like most journalists. (To prove that the German army was secretly involved in Vietnam one must find at least DNA)