The death of the donkey (July 13th 2016)

A miser was lamenting: « After all the time and effort it took me to get my donkey used not to eat any longer, it suddenly happened that it died this morning ! “

Holidays in Greece always leave a mixed feeling. The seashores, the beauty of the sea are unique, not to mention the stunning ancient ruins, while other possibilities to stay around the Mediterranean have gradually faded, mainly for political and religious reasons. Life is pleasant and enchanting nights are only occasionally troubled by the howls of some drunken Brexiters.

As soon as you leave the shores or places of interest, you cannot help remembering the sad story of the preamble.

Around still busy cities, are indeed only lugubrious cohorts of empty shops, abandoned factories, vacant commercial buildings or deserted parking lots except for a few rusty cars. The food industry still resists, especially cafeterias where unemployed young people end up spending the last savings of their grandparents.

And during that time, the candid experts of the Troika, in their dark grey Wall Street style suits, continue their Kriegspiel and provide advice of senseless savings to ecstatic and inexperienced politicians. This is reminiscent of the former Yugoslavia, where Western participants in the conflict could not care less of civilians and were delighted to experiment their new war technologies.

When will there be someone with the lucidity to remind that the famous Greek debt is not a black hole emerged from nowhere, that French, German, British, American companies, to name only a few, have massively contributed to it by selling their goods to the country, that international banks took great advantage of these operations or that Mrs. Merkel, whom everyone worships, sacrificed the poor Greece on the American altar, fiercely opposing eurobonds that would have supplanted the Treasury-bonds and Bills and solved all European problems ? Finally, there are about 100 countries, and not the least important ones, that defaulted and have recovered, sometimes at the expense of greedy banks. Therefore, instead of dragging the metastatic millstone many institutions are still benefiting from, it would be better, either to simply cancel the debt or to substitute for it a kind of perpetual War-loan at a symbolic rate.

Without such radical measures, Greece, as the donkey, will die bloodless and will in the meantime have lost its leaders, its strength and desire to work, its capacity for innovation and the little capital that remains.

The experts in dark grey suits could then return home, avoiding tomato or even stone throwings which threaten them when they burst out of taxis to step into their hotels!