Greece bailout: Eurozone agrees ‘breakthrough’ debt deal – BBC News

English: Various Euro bills.

English: Various Euro bills. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The BBC reports that Eurozone finance ministers agree to extend a further bailout loan to Greece as well as debt relief, in what they call a “major breakthrough”.

Source: Greece bailout: Eurozone agrees ‘breakthrough’ debt deal – BBC News

The breakthrough is that the IMF‘s insistence on debt relief has finally won the day.

Whilst I am no great fan of the IMF and its bitter medicine, I respect it as an internationally institution with some of the finest economic brains in the World. As for the other members of the troika, they are part of the problem, just as much as Greece herself.

The ECB has repeatedly had its powers curtailed by Germany.

Similarly, the EU has been Angela Merkel‘s puppet.

It’s no surprise they Greece has pulled back from further austerity. Look at the terrible lives of the Greek people. They have made mistakes but they deserve better.

BUT the true villains who have escaped attention are the French and German banks who gave uncommercial loans to Greece in the first place. So far, these banks have not suffered because they have had the patronage of Angela Merkel’s government.

Ultimately, it’s the Euro and the structure supporting it that has been responsible for the context. Germany has benefited enormously from the Euro and is not prepared to adjust its economic policy for Europe benefit.

It is time for the German and French banks to be held accountable.

Thoughts?

One response

  1. Dr Alf will remember the last 3 Greek bailouts and the fact that we were told that it was necessary.
    Much of Greece’s money was stolen by the top 5 Greek families and the money lent by French and German banks has been underwritten by taxpayers in the EU who have to try and finance themselves plus the profligate lending to a bankrupt country(Greece) and soon,if Merkel gets her way,10% of the entire EU budget for economic migrants plus more for an unwanted and unnecessary EU Army.
    The Greeks have not reformed their economy,have probably not repaid anything from the 1st 3 bailouts,have done nothing to arrest the people responsible for stealing money from the Greek exchequer let alone made representations to the EU about the guilty banks.
    This ,like the other bailouts is throwing good money after bad,no good will come of it.

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