— Alexis Tsipras (@tsipras_eu) May 31, 2015
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras submitted an article to the French daily Le Monde, where he explained Greece’s position and lashed out at its Europe, saying that it is not Greece which should be blamed for not yet reaching a deal with its creditors.
“The lack of an agreement so far is not due to the supposed intransigent, uncompromising and incomprehensible Greek stance.”
“It is due to the insistence of certain institutional actors on submitting absurd proposals and displaying a total indifference to the recent democratic choice of the Greek people, despite the public admission of the three Institutions that necessary flexibility will be provided in order to respect the popular verdict.”
“I simply cannot believe that the future of Europe depends on the stubbornness or the insistence of some individuals.”
“Which strategy will prevail? The one that calls for a Europe of solidarity, equality and democracy, or the one that calls for rupture and division?”
“Europe, therefore, is at a crossroads. Following the serious concessions made by the Greek government, the decision is now not in the hands of the institutions, which in any case – with the exception of the European Commission- are not elected and are not accountable to the people, but rather in the hands of Europe’s leaders.”
“Judging from the present circumstances, it appears that this new European power is being constructed, with Greece being the first victim. To some, this represents a golden opportunity to make an example out of Greece for other countries that might be thinking of not following this new line of discipline.”
“If some, however, think or want to believe that this decision concerns only Greece, they are making a grave mistake. I would suggest that they re-read Hemingway’s masterpiece, “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”
“The solution will be simple: Harsh punishment. Mandatory austerity. And even worse, more restrictions on the movement of capital, disciplinary sanctions, fines and even a parallel currency.”
Unfortunately at this point, it looks like the bell tolls for Greece, before Europe.
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