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Greece angered by criticism from the likes of Finland “Who is Finland to criticize us?”


Thursday, 16 February 2012
The Greek crisis has reached a high point of real war of words with Finland coming into the mix.
The Greek president Papoulias last night attacked Finland and asked the question “Who is Finland to criticize us?”

As the euro countries and Greece supposed to be seeking an agreement be reached on the next emergency loans to Greece, the Greek officials have hardens their rhetoric. Greek president in the altercation said he did not accept that Greece was being mocked by Germany, cheering along by Netherlands and Finland.

The recent anecdotal evidence that the euro zone's northern parts are getting tired of the Greek issue altogether has angered the Greeks, who, despite violent protests in the streets have ran through difficult decisions on saving. The final straws that break the camel's back was when German Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, yesterday expressed his concern about whether Greece actually is doing what it promised.

Schäuble said on a German radio that when you look at the internal political debate in Greece and the opinion polls one has to wonder who really guarantee that savings decisions are implemented after the election.

This ignited the mostly ceremonious Greek President, Karolos Papoulias who lurched into the discussion. Being some one who participated in the resistance against the Nazi German occupation of Greece during World War II, he made his mind clear against the German behaviour and those who want to talk Greece down due to its financial situation.

“I do not accept that my country is insulted by Mr. Schäuble, as a Greek I will not agree on the.” He also called the Dutch and the Finns to be in the Germans cheering heels. “Who is Schäuble to insult Greece? Who is the Dutch, and who the Finns are?” he asked.

“Greece has always defended, not only our own country's freedom, but the whole of Europe's freedom,” he said further.

What Schäuble referred to was among other things that suggestion of opinion polls that the political map will be redrawn considerably after Greece’s election. The tough economic measures means that there are three exterior leftist parties which are advancing in the polls while the conservative New Democracy and PASOK socialist together might not even get a majority.
Moreover, there are two extreme right parties, which also are making progress in Greece.

According to the British paper, the Guardian, Greece is being forced out of the Eurozone. If there was any doubt that the gloves were off it was removed by Evangelos Venizelos, the Greek finance minister early in the day. "Our country," he said, "is waging a battle of survival within the eurozone. This is because, manifestly, there are now powers in Europe who are playing with fire, who believe not all requirements will be met … and who consequently want Greece out of the eurozone," writes the paper.

The paper adds that Venizelos's outburst, hours before a crucial teleconference with eurozone counterparts over Athens's ability to apply cuts in return for the €130bn in rescue loans it desperately needs to stay afloat, was proof that tempers were being sorely tested in Greece, too.

By Scancomark.se.se Team



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