We have seen another bad theatrical performance by the Brussels bureaufascists of the European Financial Dictatorship (EFD) and the IMF economic hitmen in the Greek drama. The representatives of the neoliberal Feudalism pretend that they have different positions concerning the unsolved puzzle of the Greek debt, while in reality, they do not care at all about "solving" it, but only to complete the neoliberal experiment in Greece to the last detail.
The chairman of eurozone finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, has stated lately that “I don’t see any flexibility on the 3.5 percent [of GDP primary surplus] in 2018 because it was one of the anchors of the agreement of last summer. So that’s going to take a huge effort on the part of Greece but I think it can be done,”. (ekathimerini.com)
In other words, after six years of orchestrated destruction of the Greek economy through the IMF recipe, the Brussels bureaufascists insist on 3.5% primary surplus by a devastated economy! Either they are indeed sociopaths, or, the most probable, do not care about any surplus. They just use it to impose further cuts in pensions and salaries, further rise in taxes for the remaining middle class, to the last drop of blood of the Greek economy.
The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, appeared with supposedly different position stating that “The 3.5% in the short term might be achievable by some heroic, and I really mean heroic, efforts on the part of Greece and the Greek people,”. (wsj.com) And how's that really different from Dijsselbloem's paranoid demand? What would be more natural for the IMF "vampires"? Show some mercy to the Greeks, or, demand more blood from them through more “heroic, efforts”?
IMF's Poul Thomsen said that the 3.5% surplus target is not realistic, yet he ended up stating that “further tax rises would not work, but that Greece needed to broaden its tax base”(!) (reuters.com) In other words he completely confirmed what has been analyzed in previous article, that, “... some of the policies imposed by Greece's troika creditors (IMF, ECB, European Commission), were directing the tax increases towards local small-medium businesses in order to eliminate them. The target was simple: to destroy every last sign of competition in favor of the big capital.” (fa.ev/the-real-enemy-of-small-medium)
Recall that Thomsen and Delia Velculescu, head of the IMF mission to Greece, have been caught thinking the possibility of the IMF to stage a Draghi-type “credit event” that could force Greece to the edge of bankruptcy, using the pretext of the Brexit referendum, according to recent WikiLeaks revelations.
The dialogues between Thomsen and Velculescu prove only the anxiety of the IMF to finish the Greek experiment according to the timeline, that is before the end of 2016. In reality, there is no different goal with the EFD representatives. The supposed different positions between EFD and IMF concerning the debt relief, or, the level of primary surplus target, are irrelevant.
The supposedly different positions projected by the media, are aimed to disorientate the public, as always, but at the current moment they help especially the Europeans to delay the completion of the negotiations with Greece, in order to focus on the British referendum. They will bargain with the British government and mobilize the "inside mechanisms" of propaganda, in order to persuade the British people to vote against Brexit. Afterwards, they will focus on Greece, and, as has been proved, they will not hesitate to use any means, including a financial coup, to force Tsipras towards every last detail of the Greek experiment.
This also explains the anxiety of the Greek government to complete the evaluation and close the deal with the creditors, based on what has been agreed last summer, in order to terminate the Greek experiment without further catastrophic measures. A very difficult target against the IMF "vampires" and the EFD "hyenas".