Why they persist and why now
by system failure
Latest negotiations between Greek officials and Troika lenders in Paris ended without final agreement for the moment, or at least this is the picture that the mainstream media wanted to pass.
The hard stance of Troika against Greece, with the IMF playing again the role of the toughest of all, has two main goals. The first goal is to allow the government officials to give the impression that they negotiate and resist against Troika's demands. Some statements are characteristic:
“Greece’s international lenders have put the country under pressure to impose new austerity measures in a bid to resolve an ongoing budget disagreement, a Greek official says. Negotiator Christos Protopapas, a former union leader and Socialist labor minister, made the remarks on Thursday after attending two-day talks in the French capital, Paris, this week with representatives from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The negotiations, however, did not succeed in resolving the standoff. He added that the creditors are still in conflict with the government in Athens over deficit projections in the 2015 budget. 'What they're saying is that they don't believe the budget will work and that we should follow the well-trodden road of cutting pensions and higher taxes,' he told private Skai television, adding, 'Our response is that we won't take new measures that will further burden the average citizen.'”
It is not the first time that such a "disorientation operation" is conducted: “Contrived disagreements between government officials and representatives of the troika. Are used to persuade the public that the government resists against some of the troika demands without saying 'yes to all'”. (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2012/10/some-methods-of-disorientation-in-greek.html)
The second goal of the Troika lenders is to send one more signal to the Leftist party SYRIZA in Greece, which seems that is taking a steady first place in all polls, as well as, to other Leftist powers in Europe which are on rise (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/11/european-leftist-domino-already-started.html), that they will not tolerate a different approach or policies other than those imposed by them for the "successful" completion of the Greek experiment by the end of 2016, according to the timeline they have set.
The time of these messages is not accidental. As we approach closer to the elections for the President of the Republic in Greece, the current government will struggle to avoid national elections in case it will fail to gather the necessary number of 180 MPs required to elect a new President of the Republic. There are signs that the systemic establishment will do everything to avoid such a situation: http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/11/breaking-opposition-party-in-greece.html
The messages to all directions by the European neoliberal economic empire officials (http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/11/angelas-double-message.html) are expected to be increased as we approach these crucial presidential elections in Greece. Their anxiety to make clear that they will not tolerate different policies other than those of neoliberal catastrophe, could be explained by the fact that SYRIZA is not isolated in Europe and this general rise of the European Left is probably not "manageable", therefore, it could set in danger the whole plan, which is the expansion of the Greek experiment throughout Europe. There is a huge battle coming up and no one knows its ending, but those who will play the most significant role are the European people themselves.