Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
What chicken? Samaras went to Merkel as a vassal would to the emperor. His government will attempt to pass mind-boggling cuts (f.e. cutting the under 300 Euro disability benefit to ~200 Euros, or the 370 Euro unemployment benefit to 320 - in a country probably still more expensive in absolute euros than Germany), and cutting all hospital services to the multitudes of the uninsured (meaning the probably >10% of the working population and their families - and growing- who are over a year unemployed).
Just before Samaras meeting with Merkel his government sent yet another present to Merkel: they settled with Siemens for the huge bribery scandal (out of court) that cost the Greek state over 2 billion Euros, at something like 300 million, most of it to be paid in equipment and services such as "$112 million over the next five years, to be used to fund various institutions and activities, including anti-corruption programs and money-laundering"

So Siemens, probably the largest briber in Greece recently, will teach people about anti-corruption. And in return we will forget about the real damages... Oh and I'm sure Siemens will keep mum about the crooked conservative and "socialist" politicians who to this day remain un-named.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Mon Sep 3rd, 2012 at 01:41:11 PM EST

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