And now, the blame game begins. From an interview given by the Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides to Skai TV’s New Folders program:
“We were alone... That’s not to say Greece did not stand by us, as it always does, but we recognize its difficult position, as we recognize the difficult position of our Mediterranean partners. They told us behind the scenes they supported us but only Luxembourg spoke up in our favor during the Eurogroup and in general,” he added.
“France maintained silence. France’s problems might appear in the future and then it will need the help of its partners.”
“It’s clear that Germany wants to impose its views on the peoples of southern Europe, which need her at the moment. The toughest decision was that for Cyprus: it was a ruthless decision to wreck the country’s economic system, which will have huge and unpleasant consequences.”
Kasoulides added that the German opposition Social Democrats (SPD) had played a part by adopting a tough line on Cyprus in the country’s Parliament.
“They wanted to show the Germany taxpayers’ money would not be used to bailout Russian deposits, some of which they claimed was of dubious origin. This is where the game began.”
Remember: it is always someone else's fault. Always.