Greeks like slow cooking…

As any of my regular readers will know, I am a Grecophile. I’ve been there a lot and I love the people, the country and especially the food. And if there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the years, the Greeks like to cook things slowly, unhurriedly and at a relaxed pace…

So what’s this got to do with anything, I hear you asking? Well, the Greek bailout comes to a head this month – around the 14th to be precise – when the government pays out €1.7billion in social security payments and a further €1.4billion to repay 6 month treasury bills. And of that’s not bad enough, the next day is when the emergency bailout is reviewed. The Fourth Reich has the power to pull the plug and bankrupt Greece.

Of course this won’t happen because, like their cooking, the Greek play a long, slow game. They’re the masters of brinksmanship. They know that Brussels will do pretty much anything to stop Greece leaving the Euro so they’ve decided to wind them up a bit by sending their Prime Minister to Moscow for a cosy chat with Vladimir Putin.

This, of course, pisses the Reich off even more because it is seen as breaking EU solidarity over their foreign policy on Russia in response what’s happening in Ukraine. The Greeks are well aware of this.

So what’s going on? Well, the Greek government is certainly more left leaning that its predecessor and is in real danger of having no dosh – and if you can’t get it off Brussels then why not Moscow? Putin will be more than happy to get a foothold in Greece and will no doubt be wanting his pound of flesh in return, plus there’s the political credence to be gained in Russia at a time when Putin’s popularity is not at it’s highest point.

Yep, good politics all round. Putin gets to look like the caring, sharing, concerned world statesman that he certainly isn’t. Brussels get’s the noose tightened around it’s financial neck. The Greeks win either way by playing both sides against the middle.

My guess it that a Brussels climb down will be on the cards at about one minute before the Greeks run out of funds. Slow cooking at it’s finest…

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11 responses to “Greeks like slow cooking…

  1. rapscallion

    Whilst I am in no doubt that the Greeks are the architects of their own problems (human greed having a great deal to do with it), its still amusing to see them playing the EU scumbags to the hilt. Similarly I don't have much time for Putin either, but then he's been provoked and poked by the EU as well vis-a-vis the Ukraine – notice the common denominator in all this?

    Still, one must be careful for what one wishes for, and whilst I'd be more than happy to see the hated EU crash and burn, I'm mindful of the fact that nature hates a vacuum. It would be better for all concerned if Greece just exited the Euro (with minimal Russian help), and stood on its own two feet. Showing that they can survive outside the Euro might encourage EU satrapy's such as Italy especially, Spain and Portugal to consider following their example. The really important one though is Greece. If Greece leaves, the the myth of EU infallibility is broken beyond repair

  2. It could easily prove to be a very dangerous kind of game. If Uncle Sam suspects that those damn Ruskies are going stick their noses in then you can bet that the CIA will want to get involved. Recent history is littered with examples where this has happened, and the minnow state gets totally raped in the process. In the long term no good will come of it as far as Greece is concerned. Of course the major problem facing the Greeks is that they have very little to base a viable economy on. Olive oil, Retsina, Ouzo and diminishing tourism aren't exactly valuable parts of a thriving economy are they?

  3. “I am a Grecophile”
    Me too. And we're off to Cyprus in three weeks. Mmm

  4. I remember frequenting a taverna in Paxos. One night paperwork appeared on the table. This was unusual. The owner explained that this was because the tax inspector was over from the mainland but it would be back to normal tomorrow.

    If the Greeks actually paid their taxes then they might not be in such a mess?

  5. Yes it's a shame that they only have all things I love them for…!

  6. Funnily enough I just got an email form a mate in Paphos. Enjoy your trip. I'm off the Channel and Scilly Isles…

  7. @ Bucko

    Do tell. Why does your blog require a log in via Google

  8. Well I'm going to a) confuse you all and b) brig back memories to Flaxen by reporting that I'm going to the Crooked House at Himley…

  9. I meant “bring back”: far be it from me to suggest Flaxen's been held in a naval lock-up…

  10. Drank there on a couple occasions until the pub became straight.

  11. Well my SWMBO likes it, anyway so at least I get a few bevs in…