The New York Times is reporting today (June 6) that Greece is running out of money to pay its immediate obligations. This is mostly because they’re not getting enough bailout money because the bailer outers don’t know if Greece’s next government will agree to the terms of the bailout, and Greece doesn’t have a government yet because the Greeks couldn’t decide whether or not they want to agree to those terms. So another election is scheduled for the 17th, elections cost millions of Euros which the Greeks don’t have, and in the meantime they have no money left.
The terms, by the way, are that Greece must commit suicide if they are to be able to collect on their bailout.
The budget gap is widening as the so-called troika of lenders — the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission — withholds 1 billion euros in bailout money earmarked for government financing while it waits to see whether new leaders elected June 17 will honor Greece’s commitments.
Even if the troika delivers that money, Greece will struggle to cover its obligations. It underscored a harsh reality that is playing out in other troubled euro zone economies. Prolonged austerity is making it harder, not easier, for governments like Greece to become self-reliant again.
What the New York Times isn’t telling you is that the ECB is making a nice profit off the so-called Greek austerity, which is only inflating Greek debt all the more. Yanis Varoufakis calls it “ponzi austerity”.
Meanwhile, Spain is complaining that nobody wants to lend Spain money anymore. They warn that if that happens and nobody lends Spain money anymore, they won’t be able to pay back the money they owe to other people who lent them money in the past. So they need new money to pay back previous lenders.
The Ponzi scheme is about to end! Quick! Somebody print some Euros for the love of the Eurozone!
Tomorrow there’ll be something about Italy. Just end this thing already and put Europe out of her misery.