Did they? Will they? Is there a trade between “Greece’s Adjustment program progress review” and “keeping migrants and refugees out of Europe?”. I f I am not wrong – and I am not! – we had this issue some months ago. As usual, I ‘m just too lazy – ‘busy’ that is – to search for the relevant links for older posts by KTG. If I am not wrong – and I’m not! – the original idea had come by some archc-nservative of the German CDU – or was it CSU? Nevertheless, there are some indications that Germany allegedly promised Greece that “more efficient management of the refugee crisis could help along creditors’ review of the country’s third bailout.” And apparently, this was the nonplus ultra Emergency Button that forced Athens to push for the establishment of 5 hot spots – ie. migrants & refugees registration centers – on the islands of the Eastern Aegean Sea and 2 relocation camps in the mainland.
“According to sources, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that success in tackling the migration crisis could boost the country’s prospects for progress with the review, which Athens hopes could ease the way for debt talks. Combined with a burgeoning debate about Greece’s future in the passport-free Schengen area, the message from Berlin is said to have encouraged action by Greek officials.
A source close to Tsipras who participated in a meeting of government officials on the refugee crisis over the weekend told Kathimerini that the prospect of a “European solution” to the migration crisis and Schengen issue was “becoming increasingly remote” as EU governments face a backlash from their own people about rising migrant arrivals.
Tsipras is expected to meet Merkel on the sidelines of a Syria donors’ conference in London on Thursday where Greece’s response to the refugee crisis is likely to be the key topic of conversation. A broader meeting including Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and key officials from other European countries, among them Austria and the Netherlands, is also probable, sources indicated. (full article ekathimerini)
End of January the Financial Times claimed that Germany would agree to a massive writedown of Greek debt should Athens manage to take migration under control.
PS when blackmail doesn’t work, then glass pearls would do the job – probably.