De positie van de eurogroep:
The Guardian meldt er verder het volgende over:
Rarely have European finance ministers given such a clear statement. To the request from Greece to scrap its toxic austerity programme, the answer was no. […]
The eurogroup said the troika programme must continue. As a concession it agreed the programme could be extended, and it would also allow for some elements to be up for discussion.
But an extension must bring with it a commitment to carry through the majority of the reforms attached to the programme. And any dropping of certain measures – such as a squeeze on public sector employment – must be matched by an agreement to add other elements of austerity. In other words, the abandonment of one public sector cut simply brings with it an equally tough one in a different guise.
Dijsselbloem gave Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras until Thursday to buckle, with a view to holding an emergency eurogroup meeting on Friday to discuss surrender terms.
NB: Dat ‘Afspraak is afspraak’ van Dijsselbloem en co. is uiteraard hypocriete onzin: de enorme economische ineenstorting die het gevolg was van de Griekse bezuinigingen was immers niet door de trojka voorzien. Maar dat wordt nu stelselmatig onder het tapijt geveegd.
Immers: Austerity cannot fail, it can only be failed.