Zmírňování evropské politiky rozmrzelosti

ATÉNY – Jeden německý televizní komentátor nedávno odvysílal upravené video, na kterém, ještě před mém působení v pozici ministra financí Řecka, pozdravuji Německo zdviženým prostředníčkem. Následek ukázal potenciál dopadu takového domnělého gesta, zejména v těžkých časech. Takové pozdvižení, které vysílání způsobilo, by totiž nenastalo před finanční krizí roku 2008, která odhalila nedostatky měnové unie Evropy a obrátila proti sobě hrdé země.

Když počátkem roku 2010 již Řecko nemohlo splácet své dluhy francouzským, německým a řeckým bankám, vedl jsem kampaň proti jeho snaze o zisk enormně velké půjčky od evropských daňových poplatníků ke splacení těchto dluhů. Předkládal jsem tři argumenty.

Za prvé, nové půjčky nereprezentovaly ani tolik finanční záchranu Řecka, jako spíše cynické převedení osobních proher z účtů bank na ramena nejzranitelnějších občanů Řecka. Kdo z evropských daňových poplatníků, kteří zaplatili účet za tyto půjčky, ví, že více než 90% z celkových 240 miliard eur, které si Řecko půjčilo, šlo finančním institucím a ne řeckému státu nebo občanům?

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