DrRansom wrote:delfo wrote:The Eurozone works unanimously usually. Hence I corrected you.
That would lead to the same being relevant to Germany or Slovakia or England being capable to delay previous bailout proposals or require them to include extra guarantees. That more or less should answer all your points.
On the exports thing:
https://www.destatis.de/EN/FactsFigures ... cationFile
9% is it ?
I think you misunderstand my point. My point is that European Solidarity isn't. The EU is still not a unified entity working for the best interests of everyone. National interests are still more important than European interests.
If the EU was a real thing, which people really believed in, then Germany would consider Greek debt relief as the same as social spending in East Germany, or a infrastructure project in Hamburg. But the Germans don't. Until we see real fiscal transfers from wealthy EU states to poor EU states, the European Union has no right to call itself a Union. Inter-state solidarity has not yet been really tested. Greek debt relief is the test of whether the EU is really unified. So far, the answer is decisively no.
What does this mean for Brexit? Britain was right to leave the EU. The EU doesn't care for it's members, the EU is a bunch of states watching out for themselves.
Again let me explain the position on Greece. Imagine if from the 80s to 2010 Greece received consistently 1 to 5% of its GDP in direct aid from the EU. And during that time Greece ran schemes regarding road building, regarding agriculture ( plastic trees planted to be shot from the air and presented as proof to receive the subsidies ) and maintained an overbloated economy by public spending and providing things like 14 salaries to the public sector and 14 pensions.
In 2010 a University professor in Greece upon retirement would receive a lump sum( 25 000 for one working in Thessaloniki's Agricultural University ) and then 14 pensions each of which which would be higher in percentage compensation ( and possibly higher net value in Euro ) than each of the pension of his German counterpart.
Tax reforms would be avoided and collections would not be on par with the ones in Bulgaria. For example in my country each POS terminal is linked via a SIM card to the tax authorities to improve collections. In Greece the people are asked to retain their tax receits and present them ( sometimes and this is a new idea from 5 years ago ). An invoice was a rare sight once you left the main streets.
And on top of that the Greeks were saying how dare you expect us to live on 14 pensions of 600 euros a year. ( the minimal pension in Greece ) Which I have to inform you wasn't offensive just to Germany. It was offensive to everyone because next to no one was getting that.
Hence the current reluctance is not because Greece is not viewed as a social project. It's the biggest social project in the history of the EU. But becasue the fear is that the old practices would return which would once more lead to bloating up state administration and state companies with voters with high salaries who contribute not that much in the grand scheme of things. The idea is for Greece to get it's spending practices in line with the rest of Europe and not to have another 20 years of populist driven politicians who literally ( and I do mean almost literally ) get elected by saying they will add another 100000 jobs in the Public administration and then do it.