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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Greece: Some ("Unconstitutional"?) Concessions Coming...What next? Rattling the "Red Lines"

Greek Government's "Deep Red Lines" in Negotiations, Mignatiou; and on the stance of the Left Platform-

 η Αριστερή Πλατφόρμα καθώς σε κείμενο που αναρτήθηκε στην ιστοσελίδα iskra γίνεται λόγος για ταπεινωτική συνθηκολόγηση και αναφέρεται: “Οι κυρίαρχοι αντιδραστικοί κύκλοι των διεθνών πολιτικο-οικονομικών ελίτ και οι ‘θεσμικοί’ εκπρόσωποί τους επιχειρούν να σύρουν την ελληνική κυβέρνηση σε πλήρη συνθηκολόγηση – συμφωνία νέο-μνημονιακής κοπής, με εφαλτήριο και την ετεροβαρή συμφωνία της 20ης Φλεβάρη. Στρατηγικός τους στόχος είναι να ταπεινώσουν τον ελληνικό λαό και να παραδειγματίσουν, παράλληλα και τους υπόλοιπους λαούς που συνθλίβονται από τις αντιλαϊκές και αντεργατικές πολιτικές που θέλουν να επιβάλλουν ως μονόδρομο”.

IMF considerations, Kathimerini

From Kathimerini: Court verdict on pension cuts expected

Quick Brussels breakthrough unlikely

From Reuters  - "Greece's government signaled the biggest concessions so far as crunch talks with lenders on a cash-for-reforms package started in earnest on Thursday, but tried to assure leftist supporters it had not abandoned its anti-austerity principles"

The Country of Dreams? -  "Tsipras squandered Greece’s opportunity, because he and other Syriza leaders were unable to see beyond the horizon of their party’s origins in radical opposition activism. They did not understand – and did not want to understand – the difference between campaigning and governing. Realpolitik, in their view, was a sellout".

Bloomberg - Greece, mired in a protracted financial crisis and at loggerheads with its bailout stewards, will leave the euro, according to the majority of investors, analysts, and traders in a Bloomberg survey.

BBC: What next for Greece?

Pension payments (FT)

Pension cuts "unconstitutional"

Greece's Credit Rating (Svenska Dagbladet)

Reuters -  "There's no drawing a line under the history," Merkel said, dismissing a yearning that many post-war generations of Germans harbor. "We can see that in the Greece debate and in other European countries. We Germans have a special responsibility to be alert, sensitive and aware of what we did during the Nazi era and about lasting damage caused in other countries. I've got tremendous sympathy for that."

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