Deeskalation bei der Politik der Missgunst in Europa

ATHEN – Der deutsche Fernsehmoderator Günther Jauch zeigte kürzlich im Fernsehen ein nachbearbeitetes Video von mir aus der Zeit, bevor ich griechischer Finanzminister war, in dem ich seinem Land den „Stinkefinger“ zeigte. Die Reaktion darauf zeigt die potenziellen Auswirkungen einer angeblichen Geste insbesondere in schwierigen Zeiten. Vor der Finanzkrise von 2008, die die Schwächen der europäischen Währungsunion aufgezeigt und stolze Länder gegeneinander aufgebracht hat, hätte die Ausstrahlung des Videos gewiss keine derartige Aufregung zur Folge gehabt.

Als die griechische Regierung Anfang 2010 ihre Schulden gegenüber französischen, deutschen und griechischen Banken nicht mehr bedienen konnte, sprach ich mich gegen ihr Bemühen um einen enormen neuen Kredit seitens der europäischen Steuerzahler aus, um diese Schulden zurückzuzahlen. Ich gab dafür drei Gründe an.

Zunächst einmal stellten die neuen Kredite weniger eine Rettung Griechenlands dar als eine zynische Verschiebung privater Verluste aus den Büchern der Banken auf die Schultern der verwundbarsten Bürger Griechenlands. Wie viele von Europas Steuerzahlern, die die Zeche für diese Kredite zahlen, wissen, dass über 90% der 240 Milliarden Euro, die Griechenland aufnahm, an Finanzinstitute gingen und nicht an den griechischen Staat oder seine Bevölkerung?

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