How the German Finance Minister was threatening Tsipras, and through him the Spanish Left movement, even before the Greek politician take the power
The strategy of Wolfgang Schäuble, already from September 2014, to force Alexis Tsipras - then already seemed to be the next prime minister - surrender to Berlin's logic, is described by the newspaper Vima of Sunday. But alongside this strategy that unfolded last year, Schäuble made sure to send to Alexis Tsipras the appropriate warnings of what to expect when he would undertake tasks.
It all started in September 2014 when the then prime minister, Antonis Samaras, requested from Angela Merkel a 'moderate' fifth assessment that would help the country to get out from the Memorandum and therefore, New Democracy to remain in power. The German chancellor did not committed, but didn't also excluded such a possibility. In practice, however, as mentioned in the report, the final word was again Schäuble's.
A few days later, there was a secret meeting of the German Finance Minister with Poul Thomsen of the IMF, for which the BoG governor, Yannis Stournaras, was reportedly informed, and, on what has been discussed.
Both were fully informed and clearly saw the victory of the Left Opposition. They felt that the days of Samaras-Venizelos coalition were numbered, and did not believe, not for a moment, the argument of the then Greek Prime Minister that any concessions in the economic field would change the course of the political situation, according to the report.
Schäuble didn't want to help Samaras, because he didn't want to risk, by no means, to establish in the center of the eurozone a Leftist politician, who that time was declaring that his purpose was to alter the priorities of the economic policy in Europe, abolish austerity, and change the course the Old Continent towards a Keynesian direction.
Therefore, a lenient treatment during the fifth assessment, a repayment of war reparations to Greece, and, a solution for the Greek national debt, would make Tsipras, according to Schäuble-Thomsen, almost unbeatable, and would allow him to run 'like a bull in a china shop' in the centers of the European politics.
Mr. Schäuble seemed to prefer to test, as highlighted in the report, the strength of the Greek system, and mostly, to force Tsipras to move within the framework of European rules, and more particularly, the economic policy authorities that had imposed himself in the Eurogroup. He didn't want in any case a Greek precedent that would encourage similar moves in Spain, Italy and elsewhere.
Of course, Schäuble didn't just wait for Tsipras to form a government. He was already sending various messages to the Leftist politician, like a threat through the phrase 'they will skin you like hares and wave your skins to Podemos'! , according to the report.
The article, however, does not define who Schäuble meant by saying "they". It's easy: he meant the oligarchs, his bosses: fa.ev/poor-mr-schauble
As we warned:
The mobilization by the global financial mafia this time will be more intense, as its representatives know that a potential Leftist government in Greece who may strongly resist against the austerity policies, could trigger an "uncontrolled" domino rise of the Leftist powers in Europe, who will fight against the neoliberal agenda. Make no mistake, the war will be hard. But there is no alternative. Either the European people will choose to fight determined and united, or, will be surrendered to the plutocrats who will bring the new Dark Ages. The "Battle of Greece" will be decisive ...