He described people in German leadership as incredibly arrogant and mad, annoyed by democracy!
On the occasion of his new book, "The German Poison", the French MEP, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, discusses comprehensively with Stelios Kouloglou. He refers to the consequences of the absurd claims of a country like Germany against a country suffering from the ills of the debt crisis and social misery. At the same time, does not hide his anger for Berlin's tactics and in particular for the behaviour of Wolfgang Schäuble to the government of Alexis Tsipras.
Referring specifically to Schäuble, the French MEP describes him as "brazen", sketching the portrait of a man who is possessed by gloat. "And Mr. Schäuble said: 'Let's see how Tsipras will tell the Greeks that he didn't kept his word.' They enjoy the idea of a leader humiliated in front of his people. But he says the same for France. Can you imagine such an audacity? He said that he would like the Germans to force France, but they can't, and this because of democracy. Can you realize the brutality of this phrase? These people are mad, they are incredibly arrogant! ".
Mélenchon describes how the officials of Merkel administration welcomed from the first moment Alexis Tsipras: "Their arrogance was incredible. They say: 'Europe has always functioned in this way and will continue in this way'. And when the Greeks came, they said: 'They will do what the others did'. When they saw a young and polite Greek (Tsipras) with a nice smile, they said that we will 'swallow' him at once. But they messed things up. Months later, we are on the same spot. The polite Greek refuses to back down."
Through the pages of this "philhellenic notice," as he characterizes his new book, Mélenchon provides evidence for the wrong tactics of Berlin and the "arrogance", as he says, of politicians and technocrats, who simply seek the humiliation of a country.
Mélenchon notes that "Merkel lied saying that the German citizens work more than the Greeks, when they go to pension sooner.", and wonders: "Which European leader has the right to speak this way for the others? But if I say something against the Germans, I'll be characterized as inadmissible and German-phobic".
At the same time, he does not hesitate to refer on the "primary surplus" and the Grexit scenarios: "They want Greeks to have a primary surplus of 4.5 units. But who in Europe has a surplus of 4.5 units so that to demand it from the Greeks by force? Today, 80% of the Greek debt is in the hands of public institutions. They say we will kick the Greeks out of euro. Go on! Try it! There is no regulation to allow this."
The French politician describes Alexis Tsipras as a "capable negotiator", stressing that "the Greek government reacted very smartly and properly," in all the rounds of negotiations with its partners, until now.