Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Greek Entitlement

In the past several years, Greeks have taken to the streets in rioting to prevent any cutbacks in their lifestyles. Personal responsibility does not seem to be their worldview. Now a Greek senior official threatens to flood the EU with barbarians if Greek demands are not met.
Senior Greek Official Threatens To 'Flood' Europe With Migrants, Jihadists If Bailout Ends

"Greece will flood Europe with a “wave of millions of economic migrants” including militants linked to the Islamic State group if the eurozone did not back down on austerity demands, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos reportedly said on Monday. His comments came even as the Greek government and its “troika” of creditors -- the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund -- agreed to hold a further round of talks over a 240 billion-euro ($260 billion) bailout program.

“If they deal a blow to Greece, then they should know the migrants will get papers to go to Berlin,” Kammenos, who founded the right-wing anti-austerity party Independent Greeks, reportedly said. “If Europe leaves us in the crisis, we will flood it with migrants, and it will be even worse for Berlin if in that wave of millions of economic migrants there will be some jihadists of the Islamic State too.”

Kammenos added that the European Union’s rules allowing passport-free travel in the Schengen Area, which consists of a bloc of 26 nations, left these countries vulnerable to the influx of migrants.

“If they strike us, we will strike them. We will give to migrants from everywhere the documents they need to travel in the Schengen area, so that the human wave could go straight to Berlin,” he said, according to media reports.

Last week, Nikos Kotzias, Greece’s foreign minister, also said during a meeting of his EU colleagues that if Greece was forced out of the eurozone “there will be tens of millions of immigrants and thousands of jihadists,” adding that the EU was trying to “crush the Syriza government in its early days.”
To further exacerbate the situation, Greece will demand German cash:
Greece to demand WWII reparations from Germany

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has accused Germany of using "legal tricks" to avoid paying World War II reparations. Germany has repeatedly said it has honored all of its obligations resulting from the war.
German soldiers in Greece

Greece announced Tuesday it is moving forward with a demand to seek World War II reparations from Germany, as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused Berlin of avoiding repayment of damages stemming from the Nazi occupation.

"Germany has never properly paid reparations for the damage done to Greece by the Nazi occupation," Tsipras told the Greek parliament Tuesday. "The crimes carried out by the Nazis are still vivid, and we have a moral obligation to remember what the forces did to the country."

"After the reunification of Germany in 1990, the legal and political conditions were created for this issue to be solved. But since then, German governments chose silence, legal tricks and delay," Tsipras said.

Berlin, for its part, has said repeatedly that the question of war reparations was legally settled in the treaty that unified Germany in 1990, and that it has already honored all of its war obligations with a payment of 115 million deutschmarks (59 million euros) to Greece in 1960.
It's difficult to see the EU hanging together (under unelected leaders) when some sub-states are parasites, by nature sucking down the wealth generated by other sub-states.

The Greek threat is irrational, since it is obvious that the Islamic State does not report to the Greeks and will behead them as readily as any other Europeans. This renders the view of Greeks as both irresponsible and, well, stupid.

UPDATE, 3-12-15:
Greek bailout crisis: Athens threatens to seize German assets 'as compensation for Nazi war crimes'Competing for the title in "How Low Can You Go?", Greece takes the lead...

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