In as brash an instance of lying propaganda as we have seen recently EU President Jean-Cleaude "when it's serious you have to lie" Juncker unleashed 6 minutes of unabashed falsehoods this morning as the fearmongering and blame-shame-game for Greece begins. He proclaimed that "pension cuts were not in the creditors proposals" which as many pointed out is a total lie and then said: "You shouldn’t commit suicide because you're afraid of dying. You should say 'yes' regardless of what the question is." Got that Greek Grandmas - Vote YES no matter what you think - that's how EU democracyu works...
The European Commission appealed on Monday to the Greek people to vote “yes” in a referendum on its international bailout, warning that a risk of the rupture of the European Union was real.
They report that Jean-Claude Juncker, the commission’s president, said: “I love you deeply - You shouldn’t commit suicide because you’re afraid of dying. You should say ‘yes’ regardless of what the question is.”
A “no” vote in the referendum “will mean that Greece is saying no to Europe,” Mr. Juncker said.
Mr. Juncker rejected the argument by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras saying that a “no” vote by Greeks on July 5 would give the government a better negotiation position in the rescue talks.
"The whole planet would consider a Greek 'no' to the question posed... as meaning that Greece wants to distance itself from the euro zone and from Europe." he told a news conference.
Juncker said he still believed a Greek exit from the euro zone was not an option, but cautioned that he alone could not necessarily protect Athens from other leaders who may disagree.
At a rare emergency news conference at the Brussels headquarters of his European Commission, Juncker ran through what he said was a fair offer made to Greece, which was socially fairer than the government had sought - effectively appealing over the head of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
"Playing off one democracy against 18 others is not an attitude which is fitting for the great Greek nation," Juncker said.
The Commission president said he felt deeply distressed and betrayed, believing until late on Friday that both sides were pushing towards a deal.
The full outpouring is here...
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After that, Juncker just blew any chance of being trusted again by anyone.
This is meat of @JunckerEU's message: A "yes" vote in referendum is a signal Greece wants to stay in €. He's making it vote on € membership— Peter Spiegel (@SpiegelPeter) June 29, 2015
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This summed it quite succinctly...
This epic speech seems a large gamble by @JunckerEU that Greeks confronted w/ shuttered banks will blame their govt rather than creditors.— Tom Nuttall (@tom_nuttall) June 29, 2015
But with lies so blatant, we would be surprised if any Greek believed any word he ever said again.