Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Brussels

There’s method in Greece’s madness – it could pay off

With his call for a sudden referendum, Alexis Tsipras outraged Europe’s elites, who detest nothing more than to be reminded of the will of the people

In the upper reaches of the Euro elite, where leaders are forever driving up to summit meetings in shiny German cars and looking grave and self-important for the cameras, where smooth diplomats know that the way to get business done is to do it discreetly with fellow officials, there is no surer sign that a colleague has gone stark raving mad than him announcing that he is going to hold a referendum on matters European.

  • David Murrell

    “…against a backdrop of grievance and anti-German feeling that will serve the Greek Left well for generations to come.”.

    Sorry, I cannot buy into the left-wing worship tone of this article. Yes, there has to be a populist counter-strike against the corrupt, elite-driven European Union, but it cannot be led by these leftist Greek wackos. So far Greeks have been behaving like kindergarten children, thinking Europe is there to pay their bloated pensions and government salaries — all without raising taxes on their own.

    I agree with the EU sticking to their gins, and NOT giving the leftist Greeks more money. If anything, the Greek government might fall, given the bank panic that is now underway If anything for once the EU is NOT acting like quivering cowards, and surrendering. Here, for once, they have stood strong against this lazy welfare state. I say let the drooling Greeks choke in their drool.

    • I agree with everything you say here.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Yes to what you say, but I nonetheless like seeing the very undemocratic EU twisting their knickers. The EU has to go, rather Ike the UN. Some things don’t work or can be replaced with something superior. The EU and the UN are among them.

    • tom_billesley

      Greek banks will not open for business on Monday, following a European Central Bank (ECB) decision to halt emergency funding to Greek banks,

  • simus1

    The Ideal situation would see the Greeks leave the great Euro house of cards and start the hard task of building a “Thatcherist” modern society where private initiative is rewarded under law, not crushed. If they can also scam Russia’s Putin into helping them at the start with lots of gold, so much the better.
    Such action by the Greeks would also blaze the trail that Britain and others should also follow before it is too late.

    • canminuteman

      I agree, but I can’t see it happening. If they leave the Euro they will have to go back to the drachma. No one will lend them any money, the people will live in absolute poverty. Those with the resources will emigrate. those without will fight each other for the crumbs in a bloody civil war, Turks will move into the vacuum and Greece will disappear from history like it did from the end of the classical period until it threw off the Turkish muslim yoke in the 1800’s

  • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

    Greece needs to touch the bottom of the ocean,people get addicted to get everything for free,that means they are creating a future of (MISERY)

  • Hard Little Machine

    The Greeks’ couldn’t care less about the will of the people. This is a political ploy