Over 6,000 Cops Will Protect Merkel On Her 6 Hour Visit To Athens

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Angela Merkel is finally coming to the one country where the local media will not tire of photoshopping her in various Nazi outfits. The result: at least 6,000 policemen (and more like 7,000 according to Spiegel) will be deployed to protect her on her 6 hour visit to Greece on Tuesday, the first since the crisis erupted in 2009, and which has seen Greek unemployment explode from manageable to 25% at last check. Another result: parties from across the spectrum have said they will protest her visit, and strikes will further shut down what is already a completely shuttered economy. "She does not come to support Greece, which her policies have brought to the brink. She comes to save the corrupt, disgraced and servile political system," said Alexis Tsipras, who leads the opposition Syriza alliance. "We will give her the welcome she deserves."..."We don't want her here," said Yannis Georgiou, 72, who has seen his pension cut by one third. "We will take to the streets against austerity and against the government. Maybe Merkel will hear something and see what we're going through." Finally, with virtually the entire police force tasked with defending M erkel from the residents of her Southeastern European colony, it means that virtually every other place of interest will be left unguarded. Hopefully, nobody in Greece has seen Die Hard with a Vengeance and has access to dump trucks. The one thing Greece has going for it: there is virtually no official gold left anywhere that can be stolen (most of it already has been transferred elsewhere), or otherwise any tourist armed with a camera and located in the vicinity of the National Bank of Greece could film a sequel to what many consider the best Die Hard of all.

From Reuters:

About 6,000 policemen will be deployed in the capital for her 6-hour visit, turning the city centre into a no-go zone for protest marches planned by labour unions and opposition parties.


Merkel's visit is a sign of Germany's support for the coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras as it struggles to agree new budget cuts with international lenders, overcome the objections of reluctant coalition partners and cope with rising public anger.


After toying with the idea of a Greek exit from the euro zone in the first half of 2012, Merkel has come full circle and decided the risks of the country leaving are too high, especially with a German election looming next year.


The trip is a sign of German solidarity, a message to the Greek leadership and people that Berlin does not want to cut them loose, and a signal to the members of Merkel's coalition who want Greece out that it's not going to happen soon.


At the same time, the trip shows Merkel's trust in Samaras. Aides to the chancellor say they have been positively surprised by his commitment to reform. One reason for not visiting Greece before was frustration with progress under his predecessors, technocrat Lucas Papademos and Socialist George Papandreou.


The Greek government was ecstatic about the news, promising to treat Merkel with the honours befitting the leader of a great nation. Greek officials credited Samaras's charm offensive in Berlin in August for Germany's change of heart.


"Samaras showed a real will to change things. He stressed what Greece had to do, not what others had to do for Greece," a Greek government official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.


Merkel is scheduled to meet Samaras, President Karolos Papoulias and representatives of Greek industry.


In a measure of tension between Athens and Berlin earlier this year, Papoulias accused Merkel's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble of insulting the country by likening Greece to a bottomless pit.

The locals are hardly as excited as their politicians, who, just like in the US, are merely doing all they can to perpetuate a status quo that afford them to retain their wealth. For now.

The tone was more subdued in the newspapers on Sunday. To Proto Thema ran a "HEIL" headline but most others called on Merkel to take a hard look at the suffering of Greek people during her visit.


"Tell Merkel the truth," wrote Nikos Hatzinikolaou in Real News. "With unemployment at 25 percent and recession at 7 percent, for a fifth year, can lenders expect the country to survive and pay back its debts?"


The visit gives Merkel a chance to get a first-hand view of a country that could have a major influence on her own re-election hopes.


Greece is stuck in tough negotiations with inspectors from the "troika" of the International Monetary Fund, European Commission and European Central Bank over a fresh wave of 11.5 billion euros in cuts for the next two years, a condition for getting an installment of the 130 billion euro bailout which is keeping the country afloat.


As difficult as these talks are, lenders are now realising Greece needs more time, money or both. The IMF wants official lenders such as Germany to take a "haircut" under which the value of the Greek debt they hold would be radically reduced. Private bondholders have already swallowed such a hit but EU partners prefer other measures than to suffer more losses.


In order to avoid going back to parliament to request a third rescue for Athens - a step Merkel allies acknowledge could be political suicide for her - Germany will probably have to agree to other concessions to plug a hole in Greece's finances.


These could include giving Samaras an extra two years to make painful cuts and agreeing to a reduction in the interest rates Athens pays on its EU loans.

These could... although an extension is just as likely to be political suicide as per recent German political rhetoric. The best Greece can hope for is that nothing happens until the US election in November, which should be feasible. Recently Greece said it has enough cash to last it for another 3 weeks. After that an already belligerent Troika will return and likely make it clear that just like in the case of Lehman, everyone is now quite well provisioned for a Greek departure from the Eurozone. The only question question then is whether the other countries will follow suit in Greece's footsteps. Ideally, the answer for the continent which has long ago run out of assets that can be pledged for new debt, is yes. Realistically, the tragicomedy will continue as long as the last euro can be transferred from the near annihilated middle class, to the offshore bank accounts of the wealthiest, and the bankers of course.

Just like in the US.

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vast-dom's picture

so that's an uptick in greek employment, courtesy of germany. see, it ain't so bad after all and maybe there's hope...

slaughterer's picture

Hey Greeks: rob the fucking gold while she is there.  It takes you, the Greeks, to protest against her neo-con monster politics.  The Krauts are too weak and have no courage at all anymore.  

jonjon831983's picture

6000 cops, 5999 of them on strike.


Last man standing says fuck this and crosses the picket line.

6000 cops on strike.

RockyRacoon's picture

Better be sure those cops paychecks don't bounce.

otto skorzeny's picture

you can be sure that the Praetorian Guard (Greece or US) will be the last ones in govt employ to get paychecks that don't bounce.

Cloud9.5's picture

Probably wearing Stasi uniforms.

logically possible's picture

That may not be enough cops.

icanhasbailout's picture

Here's to hoping they underestimated the requirement

Sabibaby's picture

Somebody put the Greeks down... What a pathetic people. How many bailouts do the good for nothing greeks require? I'm sick of the sh!t from those losers. Make them slaves Merkel show those fat and lazy SOB's what suffering really is.


I say boycott Greece for being the 1% of people who get continual bailouts and cry fowl when it's not enough!

blabam's picture

You mean the bailouts that go directly to the banks? 

Sabibaby's picture

These people are protesting over 55 y/o retirement, free healthcare, and free University while at the same time doing NOTHING!!!

blabam's picture

I don't care what they are protesting about. All I care about is the money going to the fucking banksters, and those same bankers plus status quo politicians lying to the Greek people about their options. 

Sabibaby's picture

I agree, so what's the beef with Merkel? If the Greek are mad at the Banksters, that's one thing but being mad at Germany for not giving the banks more money is a bit questionable. They should take their problems up with the banksters don'tcha think?

Sabibaby's picture

You mean the German people's tax dollars go to greek banks because the Greeks can't pay back their loans.

Why should the Germans need to pay this money?

logically possible's picture

Sab, "Why should the Germans need to pay this money?

To keep the music playing so the Euro doesn't totally collapse, sucking everything down with it.

morpheus000's picture

are you an idiot do you know how toxic finance actually works you sound like you own a candy store or something

bigkahuna's picture

the Germans own the candy store:-)

NewThor's picture


you're preaching because you live in the Cayman Islands,

and you and your people have your debt under control.



Sabibaby's picture

Can you start using punctuation and elementry grammar?


crouton's picture

Arrogant pedant.

"cry fowl"

The word is 'foul'

People don't generally yell about poultry


JustObserving's picture

Talking about Greeks needing a bailout, an interesting side note from history - about 4 million Indians starved to death during World War II so Churchill could feed the Greeks:

"The last large-scale famine to take place in India was under British rule. Up to four million Bengalis starved to death in 1943 after Winston Churchill diverted food to well-fed British soldiers and countries such as Greece. "The starvation of anyway underfed Bengalis is less serious" than that of "sturdy Greeks", he argued. "I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion," he said to his Secretary of State for India, Leopold Amery."


morpheus000's picture

Greeks wont go quitely, The financial nihilists have been slowly destroying every country, culture etc for decades but they are going to have a huge fight on their hands. Greeks are masters of guerilla war.

JustObserving's picture

You are misconstruing my little side note from history (though 4 million starved to death in India is genocide and that was 10 times UK deaths in WW II) as wishing harm on Greeks. 

I wish the average Greek well.  Greek oligarchs  have stolen 400 billion Euros and decamped to London - the favorite haunt of corrupt oligarchs.  Greeks may want to bring their oligarchs to justice if they want to solve their crisis. 

I am afraid that Greek oligarchs will get away with their crimes ( as is common in this  world) and there will be civil war and a military government in Greece for decades.  

CompassionateFascist's picture

Bad chronology. Greece  1940-'45 occupied by Italy/Germany. Germans stole most of the food, Italians made up for it by shipping in grain. Churchill's East India Terror Famine had nothing to do with Greece. Part of a scorched earth policy to keep the Japs from invading India after they drove the Brits out of Burma in '42. Some Indian sources give a death toll as high as 7 million...2X (real numbers) that other "holocaust" we hear about every 14 seconds.  

JustObserving's picture

Churchill may have hated Indians and may have wanted them dead but the British were supplying Greeks in 1943

"The Great Famine  was a period of mass starvation in Axis-occupied Greece, during World War II (1941–1944). The local population suffered greatly during this period, while the Axis Powers initiated a policy of large scale plunder. Moreover, requisitions together with the Allied blockade of Greece, the ruined state of the country's infrastructure and the emergence of a powerful and well-connected black market, resulted in the Great Famine, with the mortality rate reaching a peak during the winter of 1941–1942.[3]The great suffering and the pressure of the Greek Diaspora eventually forced the British to partially lift the blockade, and from the summer of 1942, the International Red Cross was able to distribute supplies in sufficient quantities; however, the situation remained grim until the end of the occupation.[3]"


Tango in the Blight's picture

And after the occupation they got the Greek Civil War when the commies tried to take over after Stalin had initally promised them power but later reneged after negotiating with Churchill and granting Greece to the western bloc.


ebworthen's picture

Sabibaby -

And put yellow stars on them, and send them to camps, and put them in ovens?

Sabibaby's picture

Why not just ask them to pay their debts? 

Since when is being a debtor ok? They'll be paying their debts back to the Jews, the Jews are not the ones with the debts here, they are the issuers of the debt.

ebworthen's picture

And why should anyone pay their debts?  Banks don't, Coroproations don't, Governments don't.

Sabibaby's picture

Ok so why should the people of Germany be forced to pay the debts of Greece?

If I were German, I would be pissed! 

The Greek have the audacity to stop paying their debts and then get pissed because Germany won't pay it for them and give them a free ride!

bigkahuna's picture

Leave the Greeks out of this. It is Merkel/German politicians/ECB/Global Banking Cartel that the Germans are contending with. We in the glorious USSA are not even able to handle these types. How can we expect the Germans to handle it if we cannot?

NewThor's picture

Germany is to Europe as the Federal Reserve is to America.

Why can't America just pay its debts?

Debt vortex, bitchez!

morpheus000's picture

Greece should just leave all these umbrella organisations SOVEREIGNTY

Sabibaby's picture

The Germans are getting squeeze by the Greeks because the Greeks are portraying the Germans as Nazi's for not paying them money.

Isn't that blackmail?

NewThor's picture

You're doing a lot of crying over Germany

from Saudi Arabia. Worried about your Bunds?

ebworthen's picture

I'm amazed at the arrogance, racial prejudice, and lack of comprehension of the concept of "Moral Hazard".

morpheus000's picture

Greeks should remodel themselves as antiglobalisation pitbulls

CompassionateFascist's picture

No. Just put the "fowl" in the ovens. Yum.

NoTTD's picture

The stars would need to be Blue and White.

morpheus000's picture

fuck off bitch Greeks dont want the system anymore banks bailouts interest its all BS no more slavery

morpheus000's picture

you can never outpace a rigged market

Totentänzerlied's picture

Then why are they protesting and resisting its demise?

Quinvarius's picture

The ghost of Franz Ferdinand is compelled to relive his demise in a new host.

pain_and_soros's picture

Are they Greek or German police?

If Greek, when was the last time they were paid?

What is the point of her visit?  Incite further rioting?

NoTTD's picture

Erudite comment of the day.

knukles's picture


The more broken windows, the better future GDP.
                      - Paul "opah up the butt" Krugman

"bleiben die großen Dildo seinen Hintern"

agent default's picture

Nah. Just going there to take a look at that piece of real estate she bought, and the natives that came with it.