Germany and Greece: Domino effect

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BERLIN/THESSALONIKI (Jan. 20) – Berlin and the EU are massively violating Greece’s sovereignty to secure their political domination over Southeastern Europe. As was revealed by documents from the Athens-based Troika, with two German functionaries in the leadership, the government in Athens has received instructions on how to bypass the Greek Parliament. To counteract the foreseeable consequences of this interference – which is provoking protests and strengthening the camp of the opposition parties – Berlin is handing out money to Greek journalists, religious representatives, and artists. This interference is targeting the Greek public to neutralize the growing demands for restitution of debts stemming from Nazi crimes.
It is also aimed at undermining the lawsuit against the Federal Republic of Germany, filed by Thessaloniki’s Jewish community. The German foreign ministry is in control of the payments to network the Greek “civil society” with the German elite.

In the correspondence marked “strictly confidential” between the Troika and the Greek government, comments on proposed legislation were in marginal notes, such as “to be rejected” or “insufficient.”[1] When imposing mass layoffs, the parliamentary process should be circumvented, according to the document. “It would be wrong to create a commotion in parliament, when we can propose and implement other solutions, to achieve our goals,” according to an email addressed to the government in Athens by the EU controllers Matthias Mors und Klaus Masuch from Germany. “These documents are evidence of an anti-democratic policy, seeking means to bypass parliament when implementing laws” wrote the Investigative magazine Hot Doc in Athens.[2]

One Hundred Billion

Hitlerite Germany’s invasion of the Balkans in 1941

Hitlerite Germany’s invasion of the Balkans in 1941 (Click to enlarge)

These revelations confirm what the electorate of the Greek left-wing parties has suspected all along. Berlin must worry that a new government may raise ultimate demands for paying the debts stemming from the Nazis’ crimes and the criminal financial transfers committed in Greece. During the German occupation, nearly 520,000 people were killed, including hostages and prisoners of the Athens/Chaidari and Thessaloniki concentration camps. Greece lost 7.2 per cent of its pre-war population.[3] The calculation of personal injuries and property damages – plus interests – remains inconclusive, but it far exceeds 100 billion Euros and is being assessed by Greece. (german-foreign-policy.com reported.[4])

Unilateral Measures

In 2014, German President Gauck responded to Greek President Karolos Papoulias’ devout plea for restitution, with the verdict: “judicial means have been exhausted.”[5] At best, “Germany is … prepared to accept moral responsibility,”[6] Gauck said condescendingly. The German President simultaneously proposed unilateral German measures, of symbolic political initiatives and welfare measures barring legal claims, to avoid paying restitution. The foreign ministry has provided the first financial instruments.

A Hoax

Berlin’s foreign ministry is allocating a million Euros under its 0502 budget heading for a “German-Greek Fund for the Future” – which happens to be German, but not Greek. The Greek government financially is not participating. When Greek President Papoulias paid an official visit to Berlin in September 2014, he was presented this fait accompli. Papoulias’ presence, at the time, in the German Presidential Office was also used to announce the alleged foundation of a “German-Greek Youth Forum” – a hoax propagated by the government-financed Deutsche Welle Radio.[7] To implement their unilateral initiative for that alleged “youth forum,” the German side simply presented a “statement of intention,” that the Greek Ambassador was compelled to sign in the Bellevue Castle without having cleared up fundamental issues – particularly contentious is how German war debts and the German Reich’s criminal finance transfers will be handled.

Enticing Offers

With the initial funding from the 0502 budget heading, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs is casting nets in Greece, to lure Greek journalists, representatives of the Orthodox Church and critical youth to make them pliable to Berlin’s wishes. Similar enticing offers are being made to those working in the arts in Athens, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Florina and Korfu, to get them to participate in German state-financed joint “projects.” This offers an alluring perspective, given the widespread social misery, with an up to 50 percent unemployment rate and an empty national budget. The objective is to influence Greek public opinion and establish ties between this influential segment of Greek society and sectors of the German elite (“create networks with like-minded in Germany”).[8]

Overall Strategy

December 15, 2014, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs pulled in its nets for the first time and held a reception in the ministry in Berlin for paid “groups of visitors from Greece” along with “representatives of the German civil society.” The objective was to feed the guests’ “exiting ideas” into the German lobbying concepts, to develop an “overall political strategy.”[9] This is intended to absolutely avoid paying restitution of the billions in unpaid damages that Germany owes Greece.

Without Legal Claims

The German foreign ministry is “particularly” interested in “representatives of victimized communities,” “especially from the Jewish community and martyred villages.” The intent is to make them a “reconciliatory proposition,” totally reversing the true relationship between the heirs of the culprits and the descendents of the victims.[10] According to State’s Minister in the Foreign Ministry, Michael Roth (SPD), this should lay the groundwork for “a dialogue with Greek civil society” to establish a common “commemoration culture” instead of paying German debts. With this transparent appeal to an alleged common ground between the heirs of culprits and the descendents of victims, Roth offers “gestures of reconciliation” – a euphemism for cheap German acts of graciousness barring legal claims of Greek victims.

Extortion

The strategy is obviously aimed at subverting the lawsuit submitted to the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg in 2014 by the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki as well as neutralizing other intended suits by tens of thousands of survivors. In 1942, the German occupation administration extorted several billion drachmas from Thessaloniki’s Jewish residents, in exchange for the promised liberation of approx. 10,000 members of their community in German captivity. Once the money was paid, the captives were freed for a short period, and two months later, deported with the German Reichsbahn to Auschwitz. Fifty thousand Greek Jews never returned from the German extermination camps. For decades, the Federal Republic of Germany has refused to pay back the money it had extorted. Athens had to turn over billions more as a war loan to Berlin. This also was never repaid.

Priority

In negotiations with a new Greek government, which, following next Sunday’s elections could be comprised of a majority of the current opposition parties, Berlin’s priority will be to prevent all financial claims relating to Nazi crimes, as much as to finding a solution to Greece’s debt crisis. The possible payment of World War II damages could ultimately far exceed the losses from bank guarantees. As was remarked in the foreign ministry, even the smallest concessions in issues of restitutions for Nazi damages in Greece could have serious consequences, particularly with Italy (“Domino Effect”). Recently, Rome’s Constitutional Court explicitly admitted civil suits against the Federal Republic of Germany for massacres committed by the Wehrmacht and Nazi death squads.

[1]            Wie die Troika in Athen regiert. http://www.zeit.de 15.01.2015.

[2]            Troika verrät sich in Mails. http://www.n-tv.de 16.01.2015.

[3]            Martin Seckendorf: Europa unterm Hakenkreuz, Band 6. Berlin/Heidelberg 1996.

[4]            Deutschland soll Griechenland elf Milliarden Euro schulden. http://www.spiegel.de 12.01.2015. See Legacy Without a Future

[5]            Begegnung mit der Vergangenheit. http://www.juedische-allgemeine.de 11.03.2014.

[6]            Gauck erwähnt Pläne zur Gründung eines deutsch-griechischen Jugendwerks. http://www.dija.de 12.03.2014.

[7]            Deutsch-griechisches Jugendwerk gegründet. http://www.dw.de 12.09.2014.

[8]            Rede von Michael Roth, Staatsminister für Europa. http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de 15.12.2014.

[9]            Deutsche-griechische Beziehungen: Wolfgang Tiefensee fordert Gesamtstrategie. http://www.gegen-vergessen.de 10.06.2014.

[10]            Rede von Michael Roth, Staatsminister für Europa. http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de 15.12.2014.

Source: german-foreign-policy.com

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3 responses to “Germany and Greece: Domino effect

  1. civil

    ‘ to counteract ….Berlin is handing out money to Greek journalists, religious representatives, and artists.’
    verified source of information ?

    • You will have to contact german-foreign-poicy.com if you are looking for the original source. Judging from the footnotes in their articles, they are usually remarkably well researched, but one does not have to footnote every factual assertion. And, judging from the American practice, e.g., in Ukraine, the Germans are in good company.

  2. On rereading the article, I see two footnotes given as to the expenditure of German funds inside Greece:
    [7] Deutsch-griechisches Jugendwerk gegründet. http://www.dw.de 12.09.2014.
    [8] Rede von Michael Roth, Staatsminister für Europa. http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de 15.12.2014.

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