Thursday late night, 18 May 2017, the Greek Parliament voted to accept another round of devastating troika (EC, IMF, ECB) conditions for an additional debt package of close to 5 billion euros. All of the 153 delegates of Alexis Tsipras’ Syriza-Anel coalition voted ‘en bloc’ for the suicide package, all 128 opposition members against. Nineteen didn’t show up. Perhaps they were too afraid to vote for the opposition. Just as a reminder, PM Tsipras, a socialist, is leading Syriza, Greece’s prominent left-wing party, that for reasons of majority decided to align with the extreme right-wing party ‘Anel’ which currently holds a mere 10 seats in Parliament.
Reuters reported earlier today that Greece and its European creditors agreed Monday to resume talks on what economic reforms the country must make next in order to get the money it needs to avoid bankruptcy and a potential exit from the euro this summer.
Greece has been trying to stay afloat ever since the financial crisis began in late 2009 as the government battled low growth rates, soaring inflation as well as high budget and trade deficits. That’s when the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission, also known as the troika of lenders, stepped in. But that came with a price. To date the government has had to slash spending by over 75 billion euros. Education, welfare and healthcare saw deep cuts.
The controversial and much discussed possible exit is often referred to as “Grexit”, a portmanteau combining the English words “Greek” and “exit”. The term “Graccident” (accidental Grexit) was coined for the case that Greece exited the EU and the euro without intention.
Starting from 2010, the seat of the Greek government was thus effectively transferred from Athens to Brussels, Washington and Berlin. Left in Greece itself was little more than the power to administer national policies and implement sovereign decisions made abroad.
People took to the streets as many lost their jobs, while others saw their pensions and salaries significantly decreased. To make matters worse Greeks were expected to contribute more since taxes and the overall cost of living went up. Homelessness and suicide rates skyrocketed as people couldn’t cope with their new reality. Greeks felt betrayed by their government for allowing the situation to get to breaking point.
In 2016 Greece has a new challenge – the refugee crisis. The country has shown great humanity to those who have lost everything despite the fact that Greeks are still suffering themselves. The Greek crisis doesn’t make international headlines the way it used to. Is it because the situation is improving or because people have lost hope that anything will change? After all, it was only a year and half ago when 61 percent of the population voted against the new bailout conditions proposed by the troika of lenders.
How do those people, the majority, who voted ‘No’ feel considering the prime minister ignored the majority and implemented even more austerity measures?
*With sources from RT.com
The Norwegian Special Adviser to the UN Sec Gen on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, was one of the protagonists in the Cyprus talks and the International Conference in Geneva.
Eide who has been coordinator of the negotiations since August 22, 2014, when he was officially appointed by the then UN Secretary General Ban-ki-Moon, has played his own role in the efforts to resolve the issue.
The truth is that a consultant and facilitator, should be distinguished by the excellent knowledge of the subject he is dealing with and of course by his impartiality acting on UN resolutions and international law. But is this the case for Mr. Eide?
According to IBNA information, Mr. Eide was caught unprepared when in conversation with a senior diplomat, he insisted that there are no UN decisions for occupation troops in Cyprus. Naturally his statements were made known to the Greek side which caused the immediate reaction of the Greek diplomacy, which then presented him the relevant UN resolutions, where there is an explicit reference to occupation troops. Ignorance or deliberate misinformation?
Espen Eide, a former Minister of Defence and Minister of Foreign Affairs for Norway, an atlanticist and and opponent of Russia, according to IBNA information, was chosen for this position by the UN with the intervention of the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland.
Mrs. Nuland is not a stranger for Espen Eide, as she has served as the US ambassador to NATO. Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg who is the current NATO Secretary General gave Espen Eide a Ministerial position. The selection of Eide in August 2014 as a UN special adviser on Cyprus and Stoltenberg in October 2014 as the NATO Secretary General, occurred after Nuland withdrew from office in September 2013. It is clear that this series of events is not just coincidence.
Eide’s strange role, which seems to serve the interests of the deep state in the United States, also showed in discussions at the International Conference in Geneva, where his primary objective was a fast, pre-January 20th first agreement “solution” that would bind all parties especially Cyprus.
Why January 20th? Quite simply because it is then that the US President formally changes and Mrs. Nuland will not be able to carry out any plan she was serving, and will lose both her position and influence. Officially at least. But Espen Eide’s position is precarious, as the new UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has a different plan for his term in office and the Norwegian politician doesn’t seem to be in his plans so far.
The new UN Secretary General, as a former Prime Minister of Portugal with the Socialist Party and President of Socialist International, has a different political logic from his “grey” and “stiff” by European standards, predecessors.
However Espen Eide, once again confirmed the special role he assumed by opting to postpone a meeting with the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara and reschedule it in NY where he returned hastily when informed of the meeting Mr. Guterres and the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzia were going to have on Cyprus. Was this coincidence?Perhaps…
Espen Eide, is not working in the interests of both communities in Cyprus, nor the guarantors. He is working with other interests in mind, and everything indicates that all roads lead to the natural gas reserves found in the region and to anti-Russian policy. Something which seems not only to cause a problem in solving the Cyprus problem but is also creating unwanted tension between the guarantor powers./ΙΒΝΑ
- Greek Foreign Minister N. Kotzias’ responds to Politico’s fake accusations about his role during the Cyprus talks in Geneva (interview to the Athens/Macedonian News Agency, following the International Middle East Peace Conference -Paris, 15 January 2017)
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias sharply criticised foreign and Greek press reports on Sunday which blamed him for the breakup in Cyprus talks in Geneva saying that the Turkish side had interrupted the talks unexpectedly.
- JOURNALIST: Do articles that came out today, mainly in “Politico,” question your positive influence regarding the results?
Those who speak for their master — Turkey, that is — can be expected to believe that it would be a success in Geneva if we gave into the Turks, legitimised their rights of intervention and their ability/potential to occupy a portion of Cyprus. We have a different outlook: European and international law must be implemented, sovereignty must be granted to Cyprus, the greatest possible rights must be granted to the Turkish Cypriots, and the greatest possible sense of security must be given to the Greek Cypriots.
There have been a number of distortions of the facts. For example, they are saying that, since the technical teams are starting their meetings next week, we interrupted the process. That isn’t true. The UN Secretary-General, President Anastasiades and myself proposed the day before yesterday, Friday, that the Geneva Conference continue on a political level. As it was scheduled to do. And why — and this is very important — should it have continued on a political level? To give instructions as to how the technical teams will work. Because the Turks, who left the negotiations — who got up and left early Friday morning — said they didn’t have time for political consultations and to let the technical teams meet. But the technical teams can’t meet without political instructions. We had scheduled political consultations and the continuation of the Geneva Conference on a political level for Thursday and Friday, and they cancelled it. And it is shocking that there are European, Greek and other news media taking the side of those who cancelled the agreed process in Geneva. There are some people who think they can do whatever they want and then, on top of that, shift the blame onto those who insist on what was agreed.
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With over a 1.5 million views of the video of his speech, newly elected Croatian MP Ivan Pernar has become a star for anti-establishment activists around the Balkan region.
Criticized as pro-russian or even populist, Pernar, 31, a first-time MP from the opposition anti-establishment Living Wall – a party born out of a movement formed to stop seizures of homes – told BIRN that his appearance is not the primary cause for the popularity of the video, but “hunger among people for the truth”.
Even if we don’t agree with all his points of view, its worth sharing.
In 2011, he was a founder of the Alliance for Change, a party that later transformed itself into Living Wall. This earned its reputation by defying the police when they enforced evictions of people from their homes, as a result of which Pernar was arrested a few times.
— Sergej Dojcinovic (@Serdjosega) 12 septembre 2016
He went onto criticize Croatia’s role as a NATO member and highlighted how old Croatian weapons from the wars that broke up Yugoslavia ended up in the hands of jihadists in Syria.
According to Vecernji list, ever since he entered Parliament, Ivan Pernar has turned into one of the most famous politicians both in the country and abroad. The newspaper reports that Pernar gave an interview to the Russian Sputnik agency, in which he spoke of NATO, Russia, and the USA, qualifying NATO as “a threat to the entire world, just like Germany under Hitler”.
— Balkan Insight (@BalkanInsight) 27 octobre 2016
En totalisant plus de 1,5 million de vues, la vidéo de son discours au Parlement Croatian, Ivan Pernar, qui a été récemment élu député, est devenu une star pour les militants au contre-pouvoir dans la région des Balkans.
Critiqué comme étant pro-Russe ou même populiste, Ivan, élu pour la première fois au Parlement et faisant partie de l’opposition contre-pouvor au sein du parti Zivi Zid (Mur Vivant) n’a pas su mâcher ses mots. Zivi Zid, a été créé en 2011 ayant pour but d’arrêter les saisies de maisons en Croatie.Pour cette raision, Pernar a été arrêté à plusieurs reprises.
Il a déclaré sur BIRN (Balkan Insight.com) qu’il lui semblait que son apparition n’est pas la cause principale pour la popularité de cette vidéo mais “la soif de vérité chez le peuple”.
Sur la vidéo, Pernar, il critique sevèrement le rôle de la Croatie en tant que membre de l’OTAN en soulignant comment des vieilles armes croates de la guerre qui a éclaté en Yougoslavie ont fini dans les mains des djihadistes en Syrie.
Selon le journal Vecernji list, depuis qu’il est entré au Parlement, Ivan Pernar est devenu l’un des plus célèbres hommes politiques Croates en Croatie et à l’étranger à la fois. Le journal rapporte que Pernar a donné une interview à l’agence Sputnik russe, dans laquelle il a parlé de l’OTAN, la Russie et les Etats-Unis, qualifiant l’OTAN comme «une menace pour le monde entier, tout comme l’Allemagne sous Hitler”.
- Sources: Balkan Insight.com, Vecernji List, Sputnik News, Wikipedia, Youtube
Photo Credit: @Sputnik News