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This is, IMHO, the most important election news today:

News bites @ 10 | Athens News

4. KAMMENOS EYES SYRIZA The Independent Greeks are not prepared to discuss any "renegotiation" of the austerity conditions outlined in the memorandum, party leader Panos Kammenos underlined at a Thursday press conference in the Zappeio Mansion. He also ruled out any cooperation New Democracy and Pasok, saying they were essentially "one and the same". He did not, however, rule out cooperation with Syriza, under certain conditions.

Although SYRIZA talks about a leftist coalition, it appears to me that the rhetoric of Independent Greeks is the only one compatible with aiming for a coalition (or at least cooperation) with a SYRIZA government.

In other news, Greek voters are blackmailed with the threat of Euro exit while the BuBa head protests blackmail with the threat of contagion by threatening blackmail with the bailout programme...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Jun 15th, 2012 at 03:41:13 AM EST
If it could avoid Syriza having to deal with Pasok to gain a majority, it would be worth it.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Jun 15th, 2012 at 04:51:41 AM EST
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News bites @ 10 | Athens News
BUNDESBANK 'NO' TO 'BLACKMAIL The eurozone can't allow any country to blackmail it with the threat of financial contagion, the chief of Germany's Bundesbank Jens Weidmann said on Friday. "In any case, we must not allow any country to blackmail us with the consequences of contagion," Weidmann, who is also a member of the governing council of the ECB, was quoted as saying in an interview with Kathimerini. He said Greece had to stick to the terms of the 130bn euro bailout programme agreed in March and he ruled out any extension of the programme's timetable to allow the country more time to reach its targets.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Jun 15th, 2012 at 04:56:41 AM EST
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Is it me or does it seem that German politics resembles (in a creepy way) the Iranian regime?

Merkel is more like Ahmadinejad and the Bundesbank the Grand Ayatollah.

Are they a bank or is it just a huge basement with thousands of bloggers in pijamas? Do they have a Tweeter #account btw?

Oh... never mind that no day goes by that some new guy with the pompous title of BB Vice president feels the urge to pontificate on European policy. Kind of reminds me of the number of AlQaeda #2s that Bush used to kill every week.

by Euroliberal on Fri Jun 15th, 2012 at 05:59:30 AM EST
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by Katrin on Fri Jun 15th, 2012 at 08:08:25 AM EST
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You have a point.

Both are theocracies, albeit with a different religion.

Both resort excessively to capital punishment.

Both have an Expediency Council

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Fri Jun 15th, 2012 at 07:55:04 PM EST
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And, one German minister admitted they are preparing blackmail for the world at the G20.

Blackmail, or, as it was formerly known, Negotiation.

by Upstate NY on Fri Jun 15th, 2012 at 09:08:07 AM EST
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