The first act of the unwritten “lock” between newly elected SYRIZA-led Greek government and Berlin’s financial headquarters was played today. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble‘ harsh words toward the Greek government were not missed.
New government spokesperson Gabriel Sakellaridis replied to comments made by the German Finance Minister, clarifying that the ongoing negotiation is not centered in Germany. “Mr. Schaeuble and his staff positions are known. Now what also became known is the verdict of the Greek people for exiting the deadlock of toxic austerity. The Greek government will continue negotiations to find a mutually beneficial ground. The real negotiation has started and it is not just about Greece or Germany, but it is about the European Union as a whole,” Sakellaridis’ statement said.
This came as a response to Schaeuble’s harsh comments regarding his intentions toward Greece. “The rules should be respected, and trust and credibility are the basis for further solidarity, which we all need in Europe,” the German Finance Minister underlined, adding that “this is not to argue with us and in addition it will be difficult to blackmail us.”
Speaking at a German Insurance Companies conference, the German Finance Minister highlighted that “all decisions are taken in such a way that they can be implemented in any case,” warning that the German government is in this frame, ready for cooperation and solidarity with everyone, but only in this context and in no other.