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Greek Defense Minister: If Greece Leaves the Euro, Spain and Italy Will Follow

His belief that if Greece is forced to exit the Eurozone, a domino effect will begin, sweeping off Spain and Italy, expressed Greek Defense Minister and junior coalition government partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader Panos Kammenos. In an interview to German newspaper Bild, published today, Kammenos highlighted that “if Greece explodes, Spain and Italy will be next and then at some point, Germany. We therefore need to find a way within the Eurozone, but this way cannot be that the Greeks keep on paying.”
Moreover, he ruled out a third bailout package for Greece, saying that the country rather needs “a haircut, like the one Germany also got in 1953 at the London debt conference.”
Regarding the love/hate relationship developed between the Greek and German Finance Ministers, Yanis Varoufakis and Wolfgang Schaeuble, and has lately reached its peak when the latter characterized his counterpart as “foolishly naive,” the Greek Defense Minister put the blame on Schaeuble. “I don’t understand why he turns against Greece every day in new statements. It’s like a psychological war and Schaeuble is poisoning the relationship between the two countries through that,” he said. Furthermore, he accused Berlin of interfering in Greece’s domestic matters, saying that “the German government is out to get us and some really want to push us out of the Eurozone,” while explaining that Schaeuble needs to put up with the SYRIZA-led Greek government because it had been elected by the Greek people.
Referring to the German War Reparations toward Greece, the discussion on which was lately renewed in both Berlin and Athens, Kammenos called for a payment. “The gold that the Nazis took from Athens to Berlin was worth a lot of money. We expect compensation for that and also for the forced loan and the destruction of archaeological statues.”
Additionally, the Greek politician suggested that the country will stop accepting refugees in the case of a “forced” Grexit from the Eurozone, as “then, no agreements would be valid anymore, no treaties, nothing. We would no longer be obliged to take in refugees as a country of arrival. Whoever wants to push us out of the Eurozone, should know that.”
Finally, in regards to the European Union sanctions imposed on Russia due to the Ukrainian Crisis, Kammenos explained that this decision has cost Greece a lot, adding that the country needs a compensation from the Union. In a different case, he concluded, “we can’t and don’t want to take part in sanctions against Russia, which are only damaging our economy.”

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