World Press View: No End to Greece’s Grief in Sight Seen

Greece is being used and pushed around by banks and foreign leaders whose demands for bailout austerity has left it helpless, world press reports say.

Greece The Victim of Duplicity and Diplomacy

The Irish Times/Richard Pine

The Greek word “diplo” means “double”, from which we get the idea of “diplomat”, someone who moves between two points of view attempting a compromise.

But it is also the root word for “duplicity” – being dishonest to both sides or, to speak diplomatically, making sure something gets lost in translation.

So diplomacy and duplicity have much in common, and Greece is the victim of both.

In the 17th century the British diplomat and spy Sir Henry Wotton defined an ambassador as “an honest man sent abroad to lie for the benefit of his country”.

Over the past two years we have witnessed a charade of spying and lying aimed ostensibly at solving the refugee crisis, but also using Greece’s economic plight as a negotiating tool.

That it has achieved almost nothing is a sign that diplomacy works: each side lies to the other and to itself, and the result is well-planned chaos.

The shuttle service between Angela Merkel, Alexis Tsipras and Donald Tusk at leadership level, and between Wolfgang Schäuble, Christine Lagarde and Mario Draghi at the economic level, is a model of how to orchestrate a charade …

The presence of 50,000 migrants (most of them Syrian) in Greece, 10,000 of them on the Greek-Macedonian border, is proof that diplomacy works – on its own terms, and certainly not for the benefit of the victims of history. It has Greece and Macedonia at loggerheads which is good diplomacy

As a result, divisions are appearing, along ethnic lines, among the hostages, replicating the diversity of their supposed benefactors. United in a common cause, they have a case. Divided, they are just like the rest of us.  ….

The Ugly Truth Behind the Greek Bailout

Pakistan Daily Times/Robert Hunziker

Christine Lagarde, the Queen of Troika and the Head Honcho of the IMF, on May 6th, threatened to pull the IMF out of the Greece rescue plan, with a straight face, calling it a “rescue plan.”

Oh, please! Yet, it is extremely doubtful the IMF would ever entirely pull out since the plan really bails out its own constituency of banks at an unfathomable expense to the Greek people.

Meantime in Greece, transportation and civic services throughout the country grind to a screeching halt, full stop, as the people hit the streets …

Anyway, the Troika bailout ruse is finally hitting the proverbial ” you can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip” stage, which is when citizens go berserk, ballistic, fighting mad, screaming, kicking and scratching, all kinds of turmoil and hubbub, maybe carnage. Who knows? …

“Greece’s largest labour union, the private sector GSEE, said the changes, were the ‘last nail on [sic] the coffin’ for workers and pensioners.

A spokesman said: ‘They are trying to prove to the Eurogroup that they are good students but they are destroying Greece’s social security system,”

“‘They are the worst so far,’ said Odysseus Trivalas, president of the public sector union ADEDY. ‘At some point, Greeks won’t be able to take anymore and there will be a social explosion,”

The New Black in Greece’s Stalled State of Affairs

Neos Kosmos/Gerard Papasimakopoulos

It’s been a long, tough time for anyone living in Greece. That is pretty much well established at this point. Wave upon wave of soul-crushing austerity, businesses closing down so often and so quickly that it’s not even worth reporting on anymore and a new breed of Greeks living on the streets, with no eyes left to look at the future.

All that can be seen on a clear day, from the top of the European unemployment mountain that Greece has firmly stuck its flag on.

And yet, listening to current prime minister Alexis Tsipras and his ministerial brigade talk about how they’ve just saved Greece, you’d be forgiven for thinking you may have missed a beat somewhere. Because surely, most definitely, hasn’t that been done already?

Didn’t Tsipras save Greece not too long ago, during that historic battle with the country’s EU lenders, which lasted a whopping and sleep-deprivating 17 hours straight?

In fact, didn’t previous prime minister Antonis Samaras do that as well? Hadn’t he also rescued Greece when agreeing his version of the bailout, a bailout which was going to put an end to the memorandum era?

Wasn’t the then prime minister ripping up the memorandum page by page, as he so famously said?

The answer to all of the above is a hearty and quite heavy-set yes. Apparently Greece, pretty much the pariah of the European Union at this point, has been rescued, saved and dragged back from the brink a number of times, only for the citizens of the country to realise that in effect, that doesn’t really change much.

The distance between the political rescue announcements and the reality on the street is still separated by a chasm wide enough to fit the Aegean sea.

“I personally don’t see a way out. But I’m old enough not to care anymore. I’ll be 79 in September. Whatever comes next will matter very little to me. It’s a terrible thing to say, but what can you do?”