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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Basta Yani! Sign On The Dotted Line!

What gives this article a lot of credibility, in my opinion, is the fact that its author is a supporter of the Greek government and of the Greek FinMin in particular. The author, Mr. Ioannis Glinavos, describes himself as a member of the academic community, a 'Greek patriot living abroad' who has 'no skin in the game'. 

"Syriza does not have a mandate to lead the country to default and/or Grexit. Syriza should not default internally or externally right now and cannot risk the destruction of the banking system by endangering ECB support. Yani, you have no mandate for such a rupture.

A banking failure with the inevitable capital controls, disruption and liquidity problems will destroy what is left of the economy and also drive away tourists at a time when most of the country lives hand to mouth. I repeat, Syriza does not have a mandate for this. 

Yani, you need to sign on the dotted line, agree to whatever you need to agree to secure the release of the bailout money and after the immediate liquidity problems are addressed you need to resign along with the rest of the government and call an election".

I would agree with Mr. Glinavos' proposal.


  1. Agreed by me as well.
    Saying loud and clear:
    "Basta Yani! Sign On The Dotted Line!"

  2. Found the open letter written by Mr. Glinavos.
    I do not agree with the content of this letter, not the reason he uses to shout: "Basta!"
    He writes:
    "Shame on Germany for killing the European dream."
    Germany killed Tsipras' nightmare, Mr. Glinavos, and not the European dream.
    Basta, all of you who have defended and are defending this Greek government. Basta.

    Want to read more about this open letter:

    1. Your German petticoat is showing. Best to hide it with the anti-left (right wing) dress that we usually see.

    2. How misogynist! You should be ashamed of yourself!

      The problems with all your comments is not just the arrogance of them, but that they are all oozing evil and hatred. Pure evil!

    3. @Anonymous 8:52

      This is the beauty of freedom of speech and expression and why i commend Mr. Kastner allowing such comments to be posted. (Xenos) is simply a blunt person and says things how he sees them and usually does not fall far from his interpretations.

      Just as many express which side they choose as Xenos and Antoinette do, is the best possible way of expression. The more we express our views however hurtful or painful is a first step into understanding one another. this leads to agreements.

      The real issue is how to filter the propoganda of the miedia, of both sides and finding the middle ground, where i believe the mediator at least on the blog indeed mr. kastner has successfully done.



    4. @Anonymous: this comment is not misogynistic, since I have made it (occasionally) to males as well. It is just an expression.

    5. @ Xenos at 12.43
      Whether comments of yours are misogynistic (never heard that word before) or not is not for you to judge but, instead, for the receivers. V receives it as the beauty of free speech and compliments me on allowing such comments. I consider some of your recent comments simply rude and bad manners. I think I have pointed out before that you discredit the content of your comments through your form. I believe I once even published one of your comments as a separate article due to content and now I just barely glance over them because the form bothers me. No, I won't do any censoring but neither will I pay much attention to comments containing rudeness.

    6. @Klaus. Well, in this specific case there is a culture gap. My comment is somewhat acerbic, but is far from rude. Although I take your point that form and appearance may detract from or enhance content, I actually think that Europe is way beyond rational debate at this time. I do recall when you published as an article one of my comments from elsewhere, and I do appreciate it. Your own sincerity, knowledge and intelligence are also much appreciated (even when we profoundly disagree).

      It is not my intention to discredit your blog with ad hominem comments or suchlike. Neverthless, the continuous pro-German and anti-Syriza rants that some of your less rational commenters engage in is very irritating.

    7. BTW

      Misogynist (Greek word) = Miso or Misos (Hatred) Gyni or short for Gynaika Or Woman

      So Misogynist is basically woman hater.


  3. Imho the argumentation of Mr. Glinavos is wrong in two but correct in a third perspective.

    a) It is correct that the Greek population should have had the opportunity to show it's preference in a referendum years ago. Now it is too late and I see no advantage any more.

    b) The formal legal rules say that the current government may decide whatever it sees as best solution for the country, assuming that such decisions are also accepted by formal voting in parliament and do not contradict the constitution of the country.

    c) Up to a few weeks before elections Syriza always said that Grexit is the only possibility to regain sovereignty and dignity. Only in the very last weeks they also said that they do not intend to establish Grexit right away. Those who have voted for the current government must have known that Grexit could be the consequence of a firm strategy of the Eurogroup.

    For this reason denying the current government having a mandate to continue their fight imho is unfounded.


    1. @ Trickler,

      For you point a. A referendum or a new vote is the beauty of democracy and can be cast at any time. But i will agree with you such a choice right now is incorrect. Having the right do so at any time is power to the people. It is the politicians though that must decide whether it is hurtful or helpful at a respective time.

      Point b. Agreed, but the whole memoradum is unconstitutional in Greece, the government and judiciary sectors have chosen to ignore the constitution on the basis of what is best for the country right now. An agreement of what sort as to avoid disaster.

      Point c. Grexit and pre election pledges are always half truths and if the people understand this and there is a change in policy as to get a better deal under the current deal then there is nothign wrong with this. The greek people voted basically for, a new goernment to try to improve the existing memoradum but stay in the euro. At all costs.

      Point c reply is also the reason why the government continues the fight as such till now in reply to your conclusion.


  4. Considering that he is advocating doing exactly what Giorgos Papandreou did, and subsequently Papademos and Samaras, one might question (a) what planet Mr Glinavos inhabits; and (b) what he thought the last election which returned Syriza was about, if it was not a mandate to do more or less what Tsipras has done.

    It looks like nothing other than panic, of the sort that inexperienced poker players must get when their cards are not good and the stakes are high. Greece has no choice but to continue negotiating and one would hope also to engage in constructive reforms -- as opposed to the neoliberal garbage that the Troika forced onto a semi-reluctant Samaras.