This is a Coup

This is a coup d’état – against democracy in Greece, and against democracy all over Europe.

8 Comments to “This is a Coup”

  1. DvW! Welch seltner Glanz in dieser Hütte! 🙂
    Vielen Dank für die Links.


  2. Und ich wollte schon fragen, ob wer zuhause ist…;-)…


  3. Frankly, no. When an elected government accepts a deal when there is an alternative (rejecting the loans and exiting the Euro), and that deal is then overwhelmingly supported by the elected assembly of that country, #thisisnotacoup.


  4. There’d never be a coup if the people (or the elected officials), by the standards of the putschists, made the “right choices” – in Argentina, in Chile, etc..A coup is actually an either-or situation. So were the “negotiations” with Greece, by all accounts that have become public.


  5. The “threat” if you want to call it that, would be that the present Greek government would be left alone to tackle the result of it and its predecessor’s mistakes. A Greek exit from the Euro might have been better than the present situation in the long term, but then Tsipras made his own call about which was preferable. He chose to ignore the actual thing that was rejected in his referendum (which was by any standard of somewhat dubious validity) – a decrease in government spending – in favour of the thing he imputed into the vote during the referendum campaign: Euro membership.


  6. This is a situation that all Euroland members brought about, with interests that seemed to fit with each other as long as it was sustainable – hence not terribly long. Recommendable reads, in my view.

    I think it’s important to remember the rules of the EU and Euroland. A German finance minister leaked a document which suggested to show an equal member state – yes, in debt, but equal – the door: in a system which doesn’t even provide for such a door. That missing door was not just Greek incompetence – it was collective incompetence, and to push one or three particular scapegoats around after fifteen or more profitable ECU/Euro years spells nationalism, not common sense.

    This was the move of a finance minister of a country – Germany that is – that didn’t even play by the rules itself all of the tie. It was also a minister’s move whose country owes Greece morally still, and that owed Greece effectively until a certain debt conference in London in the 1950s that allowed (West) Germany to start to grow again.

    You may find the German behavior just a bit rude, or maybe not even that, Foarp. But to me, it’s a gamechanger. It has become a Union where the big players break the rules and get away with it, and push small countries around. This is becoming a very old Europe. And yes, that’s a coup to me.

    There is only one way that a country can leave: by its own decision. It might actually be a good idea – not only for Greece, btw. Unfortunately, many Greeks – understandably, after initial years of growth, and then years of depression – underestimate the potential of their own country. But by now, I think Euroland is either politically dead, or, if it lasts, it will be a zombie that will kill the idea of something essential among Europeans: respect across national borders.


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