Balts against greeks

Politicians in Eastern Europe are more open to a Grexit than those in Germany and France

While a roughest possible EU and a roughest possible Eurozone are prestige projects for many German and French politicians, which they (or their citizens) are willing to pay a lot for, there are – almost dialectically – statesmen from products of this desire for enlargement who see things a bit more differently in the case of Greece.

One of them is Valdis Dombrovskis, the Latvian EU commissioner for the "Euro and Social Dialogue". Yesterday he ruled out a "Grexit" a Grexit and said that if the Greek government does not come up with a credible "credible reform package" and regain lost confidence, there will be a "no solution" give. His compatriot Jānis Reirs, the Latvian Minister of Finance, was more explicit. He told the press that the Greek government has done nothing more in the last six months "more than run its economy downhill". And: "When one element of a system is not working, the disappearance of that element does not harm the system. It can even be positive."

Jānis Reirs: "When an element of a system does not work, the disappearance of that element does not harm the system. It can even be positive." Photo: Uldis Pāze, Saeimas Kanceleja. License: CC BY-SA 2.0

In Lithuania, located south of Latvia, Minister Linas Linkevicius stated that he, too, considers it quite possible that Grexit will now take place, because Greece has in fact decided that it is "does not want help". In Latvia’s northern neighbor, the view is somewhat different, yet similar: Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves openly wondered how high the approval rating would be if the other 18 euro member states also held referendums at home on new tax money for Greece.

Ilves also pointed out that there are eurozone countries that are "poorer" than Greece. Damit meinte er neben den drei baltischen Staaten auch die Slowakei. Before leaving for yesterday’s special summit of eurozone countries, their Social Democratic Prime Minister Robert Fico stressed that the Greek government cannot afford to "Reformen" at the expense of other countries. Fico’s Finance Minister Peter Kazimir had already expressed the view on Sunday that the nightmare of the "nightmare of the euro’s creators that a country could leave the club had", the Greek referendum had become a realistic scenario "realistic scenario" . In any case, the "Oxi" not be allowed to make it easier for Greece "easier access to money".

Poland, Slovakia’s neighbor to the north and Lithuania’s neighbor to the south, is not part of the euro zone, but it is part of the EU and could therefore participate in the decision if an exit from the euro zone were to be legally feasible only through an exit from the EU. Greek Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz expects Greece to leave the euro zone, but stresses that what is happening right now, "no prescribed script" give. She, too, criticizes the Greek government for not having been prepared to "hard way of reforms" of going to school, which many Eastern European countries have had to go through.

Angela Merkel has not yet made any such remarks. But even in their CDU"For this purpose alone, a partial debt cut is conceivable"), Hans-Peter Friedrich ("Now we have the right to say no as well"), Volker Ullrich ("Greece must help itself"), Kai Whittaker ("Europe cannot solve Greece’s problems"), Sebastian Steineke ("Let travelers not be delayed, or?"), Elisabeth Motschmann ("No more tax money belongs in a bottomless pit") and Johannes Singhammer ("Why should a pensioner from Munich be indirectly liable with her tax euros for the fact that rich Greek shipowners pay too little tax??").

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