Dramatic developments are unfolding in Brussels as Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras is said to be facing two alternatives in the meeting with the heads of the eurozone nations– stay as a ward of the eurozone or go– with no euro.
Ian Trainer who is the European editor of The Guardian referred to “mental waterboarding” taking place against the Greek prime minister.
#greece merkel/holland session with tsipras said to resemble 'extensive mental waterboarding' – top official
— Ian Traynor (@traynorbrussels) July 12, 2015
A draft of the European package that is currently on the table suggests that Greece could temporarily leave the eurozone if no agreement on a bailout is reached. Twitter went crazy with the notion of a temporary Grexit. Almost everyone commentating knew that “temporary” exit meant an eventual permanent one.
French President #Hollande: There's no temporary Grexit. There's either Grexit or no Grexit #Greece
— Kathimerini English (@ekathimerini) July 12, 2015
Let me be clear. There is NO SUCH THING as "temporary Grexit". http://t.co/Nwj38jsvjn
— (((FrancesCoppola))) (@Frances_Coppola) July 11, 2015
A 5-year temporary #grexit will soon become permanent. This is a German attempt to ease them out for good.
— The Ruminating Sheep (@ruminantsheep) July 11, 2015
Meanwhile, in Athens we’re receiving numerous messages from people who are gathering in Syntagma Square to protest what Maria G. of Holargos referred to as “the worst kind of extortion that is un-European at its core.”
Maria, who was a staunch “YES!” voter in last week’s referendum and not a supporter of Tsipras or Syriza added, “There comes a time when you have to say, enough is enough. It’s barbarous how the new Nazis are treating us.”
Panagiotis G., a Pappas Post reader said “any ounce of dignity that we had left is now being taken away from us.”
Meanwhile, The Guardian’s Helena Smith who is on the ground in Athens is reporting a shock that is going through the ranks of Tsipras’ Syriza party.
Smith claimed Syriza “was exhibiting signs of disintegration” as the European demands that the controversial reforms be approved by the Greek government and enacted into law by Wednesday were being described as “utter blackmail” by leading party members and met with stunned disbelief.
Smith penned a widely circulated piece for The Guardian in which she asked in Greece really needed to be humiliated this much.
I am a Greek Canadian I was born in Canada my parents are both Greek. Make no mistake the blood that rushes through my veins is Greek. Even though I don’t follow politics closely you don’t have to be a genius to see that the German government has its own agenda. They don’t want to see Greece come out of this,they want to sink her as much as they can, they want what we have our beautiful islands and everything that Greece stands for,and this is the way for them to get it, make it impossible for the country to breath let alone try and live under any circumstances you can call normal.The more panic and uncertainty they create the more the Greeks will want to sell out. One thing they haven’t considered and overlooked, we are a nation of sometimes hard headed yes,sometimes loud yes, but always a Passionate and PROUD NATION and what is ours is ours its not for the taking or for the selling if you want it you’ll have to take it and you know that’s NEVER going to happen. We would rather die standing than serving you on our knees.
WE NEED TO LET TSIPRAS MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION…HE HAS DONE THE RIGHT THING, ALL ALONG!! HE KNOWS MORE ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON THAN WE DO!! OTHERS WANT HIM OUT!!, WE WANT HIM TO MAKE THE DECISION ABOUT WHETHER TO STAY OR GO, AND LET HIM KNOW WE TRUST HIM TO LEAD THE PEOPLE OF GREECE!!