A clear and cynical confession by the German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass: The strict austerity imposed in Greece, for example, during the economic crisis and the Troika were “torture tools.”
In an interview with magazine der spiegel, Maas spoke about tackling the crisis created by the pandemic and said that “we need quick help without ‘torture tools’, such as the troika or tough austerity measures.”
FM @HeikoMaas in his interview with @derspiegel: "In this crisis, we need rapid help without ‘torture tools’ such as a troika or tough austerity measures. We have proposed a package adding up to over 500 billion euros – more than has ever been activated." @HeikoMaas [1/2] pic.twitter.com/bH4qnYeAB2
— GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) April 11, 2020
He added that “the lockdowns and contact restrictions demonstrate that liberal democracies can impose drastic measures, but in a proportionate and balanced manner. There is no need for an authoritarian system to be effective in fighting this pandemic.”
Heiko Maas had certainly something else in his mind when he openly confessed that that the strict austerity imposed by the Troika was “torture tools.” In German “Folterzeuge” as he said sounds even worse.
The tweet posted by the German Foreign Ministry drew attention of dozens of users from Greece, Italy and other EU countries, including German who lashed out at Maas and the German policy during the economic crisis.
In another example of German arrogance, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told German newspaper BILD that “elderly should stay in isolation until the end of the year.”
Obviously, von der Leyen does not know that European have to work until 67 in order to get retired. And that due to pension cuts as “torture tool” many have to work still above this age.
PS Based on Maas’ confession, ten million Greeks could take Germany to the European Copurt of Human Rights for having been tortured for a whole decade.