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Official: Troika in Greece serves specific interests

"... I don't believe this theory that Troika comes here and tell us what to do. Not at all. And this because Troika consists of 15 middle-level and 4 or 5 higher-level officers. No one has nobel prize, no one is a politician, no one has lived in Greece for 50 or 60 years. What did they do? They have come with a general concept, a plan, a specific perception and recipe, which applied in various countries, and in 3 or 4 months they built hundreds of thousands guides, decisions, etc., based on this recipe. It's impossible all this stuff to have written by 15 people in 3 months."
 
"A parallel business has been set. This business is, forces of the Greek neoliberalism, bank CEOs, former bank executives, big law bureaus that serve specific interests, and all this system informs, makes and evaluates suggestions that flood Troika. Troika takes all this stuff to embody it to a general plan which finally shapes its proposition because Troika didn't know anything about Greece, didn't know [for example] how many heavy occupations we have, how many must be cut. A middle-level officer couldn't know how the Greek tax system works."

"... the Memorandum was not only what these interests wanted here, but also some instructions from our lenders abroad, thus it was a mix of the lenders' orders abroad and banking interests as well as business interests inside the country. All this thing was fixed and then they came and told us 'What can we do? It must be done according to the Memorandum'"

"As if we are stupid, as if we don't understand that half of those they imposed in Memorandum are due to their own interests. Let's be clear. They could not say then, dare to say that measures will be taken against the needs of the society, country and majority because they want to take revenge for those things they didn't manage to impose back in 1990-1993, or, in the second phase of the so-called extreme modernization."



These are the words of Nikos Kotzias, Professor of Political Theories of International and European Studies at the University of Piraeus, who three years ago, was speaking about a "parallel" business of interests that contributed on writing the Memorandum.

Three years later, a government official speaks publicly about interests that actually the Troika serves. Specifically, Michalis Papadopoulos, Deputy Transport Minister said among other things:

The troika has certain obsessions that are groundless and are part of the way of thinking created by its technical teams,” he told Athens 984 radio station. “They are like a corner shop, where everyone who passes leaves something and then the troika picks up on it and says: “Ah, yes! You have to do this as well”.

There are institutional bodies, Greek and foreign, who pass by the troika and say: “Do this as well”,” said the deputy minister. “The troika has adopted a way of thinking that involves them serving particular interests.

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