I live in Germany, and while prepared to help out my fellow man if deserving I am blowed if I agree to this farcial stitch-up.
A) Any spare dosh I have (which I haven’t) I’d like to send to starving Africans, not feckless Greeks who don’t pay tax, have two jobs one fictional, who retire at 55 and whose pensions are bequeathed to relatives.
B) Greece entered the euro ON A LIE. They BLATANTLY FALSIFIED their statistics and thereby sealed their own doom (except that the Germans have been conned into bailing them out.) The entry criteria to the euro were devised to AVOID just this result. The Greeks LIED and CHEATED and EVERYONE KNEW THIS.
C) The EU elite has a project to create a European superstate which has NOT been offered to the people to vote on. I DO NOT WANT IT, DO YOU? The next war will come when one member of this monster wishes to secede from the corruption, venality and arrogance of Brussels and we’ll have the American Civil War again but much worse.
D) The EU elite have gone off to their vast posh houses bought from their vast salaries and hardly ANY income tax with their smug arrogance renewed at having connived with the French (always keen to get Germany to spend its money on someone else) to bail out not so much the Greeks (WHO WOULD BE BETTER OFF OUTSIDE THE EURO) but German and French banks, the latter of which have loaned FIFTY-SIX BILLION EUROS to Greece. WHAT RECKLESS FOLLY. Now the rest of us (especially the Germans) have to pay for this.
E) What the hell is the IMF to do with this? It should not have to help out rich Europeans; there are plenty of desperate, states in need of help. I suppose having a French director has nothing to do with it?
F) Much of the blame for all this comes from STUPID national leaders who CANNOT STOP BORROWING and living beyond their means. Do we hear anything about this? Do we get ANY apologies from ANY politicians? And they wonder when they are so unpopular. NO WONDER THEY DON’T GIVE US A VOTE. It is bordering on fascist tyranny. The peoples HAVE NO SAY.
I am NOT a eurosceptic. I am British, worked 10 years in France, 3 in Germany, 20 in the UK. My first wife was Spanish, my second German and we now live in Germany. I also speak four European languages. So they can’t lay on me the usual Goebbelsesque eurosceptic slagging-off as being “un-European”. However, I DESPISE the lies and arrogance of the quasi-fascist EU elite, which doesn’t care a DAMN about public opinion. We couldn’t vote on the Lisbon Treaty and if we did (see Ireland) we had to vote again till we got it right.
The whole thing stinks. This reckless speed to force European political integration risks destroying the whole thing. I for one – being still “British” for the moment, have joined UKIP. This whole thing has gone far enough. And the EU wants even MORE from us than the €x million PER DAY they already get. They want to force (yes, FORCE) the English football team to wear an EU logo. WE ARE NOT A SODDING COUNTRY AND DON’T SEEK TO BE. I DO NOT WANT TO BE RULED BY SOME EUROCRAT FROM BRUSSELS, FRANKFURT, BERLIN and PARIS.
The deal was the usual stitch-up between Germany and France, as it ALWAYS has been. They show UTTER CONTEMPT for the rest of EU members or of course for democracy. Bailouts are ILLEGAL according to the Lisbon Treaty AND the German Constitution. Germany was promised faithfully before the euro started that it would be “serious”. It is NOT serious – Greece CANNOT live in the euro and the EU’s own economists TOLD them so. They didn’t care, as it suited their political agenda, and stuff the rest of us and in particular our money.
I vomit on this deal. It is based on LIES and arrogance. AND it does NOT solve the underlying problem that Greece’s economy and others are TOO diverse and this WON’T BE CURED by diktats from Brussels. It is in fact INCURABLE, which is why the euro does NOT suit all EU members as EVERYONE KNEW at the time of the euro’s launch.