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The euro ‘family’ has shown it is capable of real cruelty‘ – Suzanne Moore

Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker seek to justify their Greek bailout deal, but what kind of family asset-strips one of its members in broad daylight?
The seemingly indestructible Angela Merkel can go without sleep, and still manage a half smile and speak about Greece’s wish to remain in “the euro family”. This may sound reasonable and pleasant. All families have their little local difficulties, don’t they? But they work through them. People see reason. When they are forced to.

By infantilising Greece, Germany resembles a child who closes its own eyes and thinks we can not see it. We can. The world is watching what is being done to Greece in the name of euro stability.

It sees a nation stripped of its dignity, its sovereignty, its future.

What kind of family, we might ask, does this to one of its own members? Even Der Spiegel online described the conditions that have been outlined as “a catalogue of cruelties”, but perhaps we should now put it another way, given Jean-Claude Juncker has denied that the Greek people have been humiliated. Juncker instead says that this deal is a typical “European” compromise. Yes, we see.

The machinations of financial institutions (the troika) have been exposed as much as the institutions themselves. Who runs these banks, and for whom? Twitter slogans talk of the three world wars: the first waged with guns, the second with tanks and this third world war waged by banks. Extreme? Well, there clearly is more than one way to take over a country.

The Eurozone and Germany want regime change in Greece, or at least to split Syriza. Alexis Tsipras has fought tooth and nail for something resembling the debt restructuring that even the International Monetary Fund acknowledges is needed. The incompetence of a succession of Greek governments and tax evasion within Greece is not in doubt. But the creditors of the euro family knew this as they upped their loans, and must now delude themselves that everything they have done has been for the best. It hasn’t, and now that same family will go in and asset-strip in broad daylight a country that can no longer afford basic medicines. In three days Greece is supposed to push through heaps of legislation on privatisation, tax and pensions so it can be even poorer.

There is to be no debt forgiveness in this family. Tsipras has to sell this to his people so the banks can reopen. His endurance has been remarkable, and more will be needed. The unsustainability of Greek debt, even if the country could achieve growth, remains. The words trust and confidence keep being used but by the wrong people. Trust is gone in this European project. François Hollande, ever the pseudo–mediator, may rattle on about the history and culture of Greece. Its value has actually been shown. Its value is purely symbolic. It is worth nothing.

The euro family has been exposed as a loan-sharking conglomerate that cares nothing for democracy. This family is abusive. This “bailout”, which will be sold as being a cruel-to-be-kind deal is nothing of the sort. It is simply being cruel to be cruel.

~ Suzzane Moore
guardian.com

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By mistake, this article by Suzzane Moore (from the Guardian) was published at this blog as a page in 2015. We are now publishing it as a post as it was meant to be. Thank you.
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April 1973, my oath taking ceremony at the Panteion, with dean Papahatzis. I recite the oath, since I was the graduate with the highest marks and one of the first who wore a chekered coat in 1973 Athens

Απρίλιος 1973, η ορκωμοσία μου στην τότε ΠΑΝΤΕΙΟ με τον πρύτανη κ Παπαχατζή. Διαβάζω τον όρκο αφού ήμουν ο αποφοιτών με τον καλύτερο βαθμό και ένας απ’ τους πρώτους που φόρεσαν καρώ σακκάκι στην Αθήνα του 1973.

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Delphi

Even this solemn remnant
of the ancient temple standing
like an anchorite in meditation
at the slope of the tired hill
even this they shall defile
remember this—I said

half-breed men with wide shoulder-blades
and hierodules with exquisite cheekbones
swaying their provocative buttocks
for the amusement of the winds
and the sea’s virgin salinity
even this they shall defile—I said

aimlessly before the innocent statues
they shall desecrate and life the whore
they shall name and with stamina
and unyielding persistence they shall
bury the primeval customs and after
they exhume the ancestral hatred
and guilt they shall imprison pneuma
to be guarded by Herculean arms in the fiery
prehistoric evil and theirs the wealth
of the valley and my kin’s reward
their blood shed in streets and neighborhoods
where you and I once roamed and played
drawing plans for achievements and deeds

and you said—it would had been better if we stayed
obedient to the holy and venerable
half truths brought to our lands by easterners
at least they had promised a gleaming Paradise

Δελφοί

Κι αυτό το απομεινάρι του πανάρχαιου ναού
σάν αναχωρητής του πεπρωμένου
που στην πλαγιά βουνού διαλογίζεται
κι αυτό μια μέρα θα το βεβηλώσουν
—να το θυμάσαι, είπα

άντρες μιγάδες με τις φαρδιές τίς ωμοπλάτες
και ιερόδουλες με ζυγωματικά εξαίσια
τούς προκλητικούς γλουτούς κουνώντας
για τούς ανέμους ευδαιμονικά και
για τής θάλασσας τήν πρώτη αρμύρα
—να το θυμάσαι, είπα

άδοξα καταμπροστά στ αθώα αγάλματα
θα ιεροσυλύσουν και τη ζωή πόρνη θα πούν
με μένος και με στέρνα επιμονή βαθιά
θα θάψουν τούς παμπάλαιους θεσμούς
κι αφού σηκώσουν το πρωπατορικό μίσος
και την ενοχή το πνεύμα θα κλείσουνε
σε φυλακή νεκρούς νόμους θα βάλουν
για σκοπιά που να κρατούν τα μπράτσα
τής αλκής στα σίδερα και στις φωτιές
του πρωαιώνιου κακού και δικός τους ο πλούτος
της κοιλάδας και του λαού μου ο μιστός μόνο
το αίμα του χυμένο σε δρόμους και σε γειτονιές
που κάποτες εσύ και γω ξέγνοιαστα παίζαμε
όνειρα σχεδιάζοντας και κατορθώματα—κι είπες

καλό θε νάτανε να μέναμε πιστοί στα όσια
και ιερά που κάποιοι φέρανε στη γη μας
κι άς ήταν νόθα και λειψά τουλάχιστον
είχαν σαν αμοιβή έναν λαμπρό Παράδεισο
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