Athens, May 20, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
In stark contrast to the government on reaching an agreement with the terms set by both the Juncker proposal, and the announcements of Finance Minister, Gianis Varoufakis, is the Left Platform of SYRIZA.
In the main article of the website “iskra”, it essentially heralds a rupture with the official position of the party and the government, speaking of blackmail by the creditors and distance from the government program. As is stressed in the article: The challenge for the government is to demonstrate an increased resistance to growing threats, rejecting the blackmails and the pressure to put its radical program on ice. A deal with “institutions” will either be compatible with the government’s program or it cannot exist in such a case there won’t be one!
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In full financial suffocation want to push the Greek economy the lenders, wanting the government’s unconditional surrender to the neoliberal dictates and the implementation of unpopular memorandum-type measures.
In this climate is conducted on Monday evening (18/5) at 22.30 (21.30 Brussels time) another teleconference of the Brussels Group.
Even more critical is considered the meeting of the European Central Bank on Wednesday (20/5), in which it is not unlikely to attempt a new strangulation of the Greek economy by increasing the “haircut” in the assurances provided by the Greek banks in exchange for cash, under the Emergency Liquidity Assistance mechanism (ELA). “Such a move can cause further outflow of deposits and push Tsipras to an agreement”, says Bloomberg, revealing the intentions of the lenders to impose on the Greek government a deal with unfair and painful for the Greek people compromises.
On a second level, which is communicative in nature and has its own special significance, as leverage and disorientation operate the different scenarios “leakde” in the international and local Press.
Leading role in these plans play as much the “mandarins” of Brussels and Berlin as the staffs of more speculative portions of the international financial capital.
In this regard, revealing is a publication of the Financial Times, according to which a Cyprus-type ultimatum is reportedly put on the table from officials of the International Monetary Fund.
Specifically, according to the agency, at least one board member suggested to present Greece a “take it or leave it” proposal. However, the IMF said that there is insufficient evidence of the Greek authorities to implement such a plan. However, the proposal reportedly gaining ground among the eurozone finance ministers.
In this light, one should read and the reference of JP Morgan in the ongoing talks between the Greek government and the so-called “institutions”. The JP Morgan affirms that the pressure on the Greek authorities to reach an agreement escalates, and unleashes an attack on the role and attitude of the “Left Platform” of SYRIZA
Meanwhile, an extremely negative impression has caused the exclusive publication on the website “To Vima”, according to which there is a multi-page proposal of the European Commission where the conditions set to unlock the help from the EFSF to Greece in June and be a comprehensive agreement by autumn.
The first condition, according to the report, is to legislate EUR 5 billion worth of measures, which include the maintenance of ENFIA (!), changes in VAT and an increase in tax contribution for certain income brackets and above. At the same time, the discussion on insurance and labor is postponed until autumn. However the existence of the text so far has been denied both by the Greek government and a representative of Commissioner Moskovisi.
It has become clear now that lenders when referring to “reforms” they actually mean unpopular deregulations, such as the promotion of privatizations, like that of the port of Piraeus and the selling off of public property.
In this context the challenge for the government is to demonstrate an increased resistance to growing threats, rejecting the blackmails and the pressure to put its radical program on ice. A deal with “institutions” will either be compatible with the government’s program or it cannot exist and in such a case there won’t be one!