Some sources familiar with the negotiations between Greece and its lenders made remarkable statements proving that these institutions (IMF, ECB, European Commission) had set a trap to Tsipras administration in order to retain Greece's course into the most catastrophic neoliberal policies.
Greece’s international creditors have suggested extending the country’s bailout program until the end of March 2016, but disagreements over the conditions attached to the continued support and what would happen afterward risk undermining that plan, three people familiar with the negotiations said Monday.
The eurozone’s portion of Greece’s €245 billion ($272 billion) rescue program runs out at the end of June, which has raised questions over how Athens will pay its debt beyond this month and remain in Europe’s currency union. To ensure that Greece doesn’t run out of money until the end of March, it would get access to some €10.9 billion that had been set aside under its old bailout for recapitalizing weak banks, the people said.
“What we offered would mean that Greece is fully financed until March 2016,” said one person, referring to a meeting last week between European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister who represents eurozone governments in the talks.
First, it is proven what many times has been mentioned in this blog, that the lenders had set a specific timeline, hoping that their previous puppets in power (Samaras administration), could end their term normally:
“According to the schedule, Samaras would finish his term normally in 2016, so that the last steps of the experiment should be taken: sell off public property, complete dissolution of labor rights, minimum wage at 300 euros, further cuts in wages-pensions.” (official-tsipras-exposes-euro-banking)
Second, that the lenders "mined" the way towards an agreement far from their expectations, when SYRIZA showed that it could win potential national elections which indeed happened in 25th of January. This latest information shows that the amount of 10.9 billion has been taken away from SYRIZA in order to prevent implementation of its program as promised and force government officials to retreat on lenders' demands. Yanis Varoufakis revealed recently that this was done by the lenders in cooperation with the previous government:
“Prior to the Greek elections, SYRIZA examined the possibility to use the deposits of about 11 billion of the HFSF, to implement its program concerning, partly, the relief of the most vulnerable who were hit heavily by the crisis in Greece. However, eurogroup did not approve this because demanded that this amount should be used only for the re-capitalization of the Greek banks, if necessary. [...] Varoufakis revealed that the main reason for which all the money 'flew' from the hands of the new Greek government, was because the previous Samaras-Venizelos coalition accepted the terms and the legal frame for the HFSF, under which the Greek Public has absolutely no jurisdiction on the Fund deposits.” (official-hfsf-is-totally-out-of-greek)
Now we know. The international financial mafia is mobilizing all the means available to force Greece to surrender in this cruel financial war, but shows also signs of panic because time is running out for its representatives too.