Dramatic developments are unfolding in Brussels as Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras is said to be facing two alternatives in the meeting with the heads of the eurozone nations– stay as a ward of the eurozone or go– with no euro.
Ian Trainer who is the European editor of The Guardian referred to “mental waterboarding” taking place against the Greek prime minister.
#greece merkel/holland session with tsipras said to resemble 'extensive mental waterboarding' – top official
— Ian Traynor (@traynorbrussels) July 12, 2015
A draft of the European package that is currently on the table suggests that Greece could temporarily leave the eurozone if no agreement on a bailout is reached. Twitter went crazy with the notion of a temporary Grexit. Almost everyone commentating knew that “temporary” exit meant an eventual permanent one.
— Kathimerini English (@ekathimerini) July 12, 2015
Let me be clear. There is NO SUCH THING as "temporary Grexit". http://t.co/Nwj38jsvjn
— Frances Coppola (@Frances_Coppola) July 11, 2015
A 5-year temporary #grexit will soon become permanent. This is a German attempt to ease them out for good.
— The Ruminating Sheep (@ruminantsheep) July 11, 2015
Meanwhile, in Athens we’re receiving numerous messages from people who are gathering in Syntagma Square to protest what Maria G. of Holargos referred to as “the worst kind of extortion that is un-European at its core.”
Maria, who was a staunch “YES!” voter in last week’s referendum and not a supporter of Tsipras or Syriza added, “There comes a time when you have to say, enough is enough. It’s barbarous how the new Nazis are treating us.”
Panagiotis G., a Pappas Post reader said “any ounce of dignity that we had left is now being taken away from us.”
Meanwhile, The Guardian’s Helena Smith who is on the ground in Athens is reporting a shock that is going through the ranks of Tsipras’ Syriza party.
Smith claimed Syriza “was exhibiting signs of disintegration” as the European demands that the controversial reforms be approved by the Greek government and enacted into law by Wednesday were being described as “utter blackmail” by leading party members and met with stunned disbelief.
Smith penned a widely circulated piece for The Guardian in which she asked in Greece really needed to be humiliated this much.