Among Vultures

As mentioned in the past, Greece isn’t going anywhere as far as a “Grexit” is concerned. Greece plays too much of a strategic importance for Europe and has the potential to be a giant oil & gas energy hub if the logistics and politics with Cyprus (who also fell victim to a German-led EU takeover) beneficially play out.

Much like Cyprus, Greece has had its national sovereignty swiped away and the Fourth Reich is coming back for more in exchange for not allowing it to economically implode. The worst case scenario is leaving the Euro and having its own currency. Or what’s more, leaving the Euro but forming a second-class ‘Euro B’ currency where the more powerful nations have a ‘Euro A’ currency. Greece could be part of a two-tier ancillary Euro currency system where the impoverished nations plagued by unemployment would become German vassal states with cheap labor to keep the economic wheels rolling — as well as for keeping social order in tact.

 

BERLIN/ATHENS (Own report) – The Greek government’s continued resistance is placing numerous German projects for restructuring the Greek economy and administration in jeopardy. In the short term, these projects – under the auspices of the German Foreign Ministry and Germany’s Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – are aimed at overcoming German production bottlenecks by using idle Greek suppliers and unemployed workers. The medium-term action program includes siphoning finances from Greek municipalities and providing the German health system cheap Greek auxiliaries (“Nursing Leave on Rhodes Island”). To comply with future higher requirements, Athens is being asked to establish an “innovation system” to form a network between “science, economy, and administration” to create “business-friendly structures.” These measures will be coordinated by the German-Greek Assembly (DGV), working allegedly in the “spirit of a grassroots movement.” The DGV has no legal function and is registered under a German government address. Disguised as a civil society organization, while also serving the German Foreign Ministry and its “German-Greek Youth Foundation,” the DGV was established by the German Chancellery during the first peak in the so-called debt crisis.

The DGV’s Berlin address points to Parliamentary State Secretary Hans-Joachim Fuchtel (CDU), a parliamentarian from Baden-Württemberg. Fuchtel has been the German-Greek Assembly’s Coordinator [1] since 2011, and is dealing with Greek municipal economy. To obtain lucrative contracts, representatives of Greek cities and municipalities are being flown in for “workshops” organized by German businesses exporting costly products. In January 2015, for example, these trips – financed by the German government – were made to the German cities Backnang, Bamberg and Schwaebisch Hall. According to the “Südwest Presse” in Ulm, these potential customers from Greek municipalities are either “independent or conservative politicians – in any case, not members of Syriza.”[2]

German Financial Supervision

Berlin has effectively blocked the Polish Finance Minister’s proposal that an EU investment program of 700 billion Euros be created, which would also have been accessible to non-German investors in Greece. Instead, the BMZ and the DGV, under Fuchtel’s leadership, demanded an exclusively Greek “development bank,” since “each nation-state must follow its own course, using its own models.”[4] Greece’s “own course” leads through German financial supervision. “Aided by the Reconstruction Credit Institute (KfW), Fuchtel has advanced the establishment of a development bank in Greece” – easy prey for Berlin.

“Job of my Life”

Since, according to German employment office calculations, around 33,000 apprenticeships had remained vacant between 2012 and 2013, the BMZ, until recently, had been pushing for a workforce transfer between Greece and Germany. The means of recruitment were characterized as a “mobility initiative” for young Europeans and given such bogus names as “MobilPro-EU,” obfuscating German interests in having supervision over the potentials of the foreign labor force throughout Europe. Spanish youth are also being enticed into coming to Germany with the “Job of my Life” program. The costs of recruitment are shared between Germany’s Ministry for Economic Affairs and its Ministry of Labor – the unsuspecting Greek unemployed are offered promises of paradise. (german-foreign-policy.com documents the Greek show of gratitude here.) (Photo: France 1942: The tradition of the recruitment of the labor force abroad extends back to the German Empire.)

Political Supervision of the Economy

Berlin has begun to restructure Greece’s vocational education system to prepare Greek youth for employment in accordance to German standards – under the direction of the German-Greek Chamber of Commerce, the DEKRA holding (in Stuttgart) and “leading (German) travel companies.”[5] The government sponsor is Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research. “It was already possible to construct vocational schools in Attika and Heraklion,” which are “now preparing nearly 100 Greek pupils, between the ages of 18 and 20,” for a diploma from the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce. This “enhances these youths’ prospects in seeking employment,” is how Germany’s Federal Agency for Civic Education romanticizes this German-oriented political supervision of the economy. This Greek labor force potential, trained to conform to German norms, is to be used to cover “areas of agricultural, transportation, logistics, automobiles, and mechanics.”

Loss of Sovereignty

To introduce German administrative practices into Greece, the administrative school of the Congress of German Municipalities has called on Greek government employees to participate in German “technical seminars.” The daily, “Stuttgarter Zeitung,” writes that for this purpose, a pilot project was created, offering “ten places,” with the parliamentarian Fuchtel and the German Ministry for Cooperation participating.[6] However, the Germans in question, consider that the need for a complete reorganization of “the Greek structures” is standing in the way. “The mentality and the institutions must be transformed.” Rather than a centralized control over Greek municipal administrations, Athens should apply the “subsidiary” principle – an euphemism for a loss of sovereign reservations to the advantage of direct intervention into the economic and financial administrations at the lower and intermediary levels by outsiders, for example, by the Federal Republic of Germany. Similar demands are being raised by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), which is thinking along the lines of a comprehensive reorganization of the Greek state.[7] The demands are aimed at a progressive loss of the government and society’s sovereignty.

Further information and background on Germany’s policy toward Greece can be found here: Protectorate-Like, Patterned after the Treuhand, Impoverishment Made in Germany, On the Relevance of Democracy, Squeeze Dry and Obscure, Austerity Kills, Millions for Billions, Legacy without a Future, Domino Effect and Teutonic Arrogance.

Full article: Among Vultures (German Foreign Policy)

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