Thursday, July 16, 2015

Beat the dog before the lion: Varoufakis accuses Schäuble of sacrificing Greece

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis (Reuters / Jean-Paul Pelissier)
AK note: ★ Obscure English Idiom Alert ★ - "Beat the dog before the lion".  I honestly had to look this one up, leave it to literate Russians at  RT.COM to come up with this obscure English Idiom! This is not 8th grade dumbed down English from David Wilcock's Divine Cosmos blog that's for sure. I actually like something that causes me to think.  Here's what it means... "To take out one's frustrations on someone or something else with lower consequences."  In short, "a whipping boy". The Chinese have a similar saying: 杀鸡儆猴 (shā jī jǐng hóu) "killing the chicken to warn the monkeys". The word monkey in the Chinese is interesting given that bankers call humanity "dumb monkeys".  The reference of where this English idiom began is here:  https://goo.gl/DEeHsc.  I have included the relevant passage below:
It describes the situation Wolfgang Schäuble is putting Greece into.
This could also be a clever Russian message to Greece and a play on words with the name of German Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schäuble.  Wolfgang means in Latin LUPAMBULUS,  literally "path of the Wolf" or "Lone Wolf".  And of course a dog is just a domesticated wolf.  Two implications from this... That Wolfgang Schäuble is a lone wolf, and that the raging beast of a Lion he's working for is not really Germany or the EU, but the private bankers behind it all.  So to "Beat the Wolf before the Lion" would be to humiliate the barking dog, so the lion (the privately owned central banks) get the message they are next.   
Keep in mind no lawful money was ever put at risk by the bankers, they simply used the value of Greeks without their knowledge, loaned it back to them at interest, and then called them and several other Mediterranean countries lazy PIIGS. But who in reality never put an ounce of value into the debt bubble that this alleged debt created? The same bankers who are so quick to punish Greece.  This was made quite clear in the Paradigm Report of 2012. What is at risk is a 1000 to 1 inverted pyramid of derivatives and credit default swaps that these bankers have built upon the backs of Greeks.  The responsibility of that financial wizard bit of gambling resides solely with the bankers, not the Greek people.  But like any gambling house... its seems the House always wins... -AK

http://rt.com/business/273946-varoufakis-schauble-grexit-bailout/
Beat the dog before the lion: Varoufakis accuses Schäuble of sacrificing Greece

Published time: July 15, 2015 21:19 

Freshly out of the Greek Finance Minister’s chair, Yanis Varoufakis has declared that his German counterpart Wolfgang Schäuble wants to punish Greece – sacrificing it to reform the monetary union.

In his article for Die Zeit, Varoufakis said that the goal of the German finance minister is to "discipline member states who opposed his very special plan to reform the eurozone by sharpening the social crisis in a controlled way.” Grexit proposed by Schäuble is therefore only a tool.

One of the final aims of Schäuble is, according to Varoufakis, to supervise budget policy of the eurozone member states with a special structure which will be able to impose a veto on national budgets.

The Greek ex-finance minister wrote that Schäuble and other hardliners had told him at his first meeting of eurozone finance ministers that "elections change nothing."

“That infringes basic principles of western liberal democracy,” concluded Varoufakis. "The consistency with which Dr. Schäuble advocates for a political union that contradicts the basic principles of a democratic federation is striking."

Last week German Finance Minister proposed a plan for an interim Grexit – from his point of view, Greece needed to leave the eurozone for five years to restructure its debt.

Wolfgang Schäuble has been the Minister of Finance of Germany since 2009 and is an advocate of strict budget discipline for the eurozone member states. Twice he was a Federal Minister of the Interior and once – in 1998-2000 he held position of chairman of the CDU but had to resign after a party financing scandal.

Yanis Varoufakis was a Greek finance minister after radical left coalition Syriza won elections on January 25. On July, 6 he resigned after the Greeks voted against new bailout deal with creditors. Varoufakis explained that his negotiation partners didn’t want to hold talks with him, and he described the bailout deal as "a new Versailles Treaty." The Treaty of Versailles demanded huge reparations be paid by Germany after its defeat in World War One.

Despite the success of a referendum in which the Greek people voted against a bailout agreement, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras signed a new deal with creditors. According to the terms of the bailout, Greece will receive €82-86 billion for three years after passing new austerity measures. Now the Prime Minister is facing opposition from his own coalition Syriza as well as public outrage.



Last week German Finance Minister proposed a plan for an interim Grexit – from his point of view, Greece needed to leave the eurozone for five years to restructure its debt.

Wolfgang Schäuble has been the Minister of Finance of Germany since 2009 and is an advocate of strict budget discipline for the eurozone member states. Twice he was a Federal Minister of the Interior and once – in 1998-2000 he held position of chairman of the CDU but had to resign after a party financing scandal.

Read more: No to ‘EU colony’: Tsipras faces opposition from govt & people against bailout deal


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