A demonstrator makes the victory sign in front of a banner, depicting a medal ball reading ''NO'' and destroying a wall with anti-austerity measures during a rally in Athens, Friday, June 10, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sought his left-wing party's backing on Friday for a new budget austerity package that is harsher than what he urged Greeks to reject in a vote just last week, but would provide the country will longer-term financial support. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Bewildered Greeks left wondering what happened to referendum ‘No’ vote

Less than a week after they triumphantly gave international creditors a bloody nose by rejecting a harsh austerity plan, angry and bewildered Greeks are left wondering how they now find themselves swallowing an even worse deal.

In a nationwide referendum just last Sunday, nearly 62 per cent of voters rejected an austerity deal that had been offered by the European Commission, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank.

There were scenes of wild jubilation across the country.

I have no idea whats goin on, looks like a “too big to fail scenario”


  • Leroy Whitby

    It’s amazing how quickly nations have given up their sovereignty. The Greeks are ruled by international financiers now, not referendums or their elected government.

    • Bert_1

      The Greeks haven’t given anything up. They threw their sovereignty away. Big difference.

      • 2maxpower

        the TPP agreement will take Canadian sovereignty away same as the EU is doing in Europe.

        threw away or give away ..it is the same thing here and we are also doing the same . you can call it whatever you want the end is the same.

        • Bert_1

          How much of the TPP has the Canadian gov’t signed on to? I remember seeing an argument about the US signing it but it was stated that the US did not accept all of it, just parts. Is the same true for Canada?

          • 2maxpower

            the US did sign on to all of it. and the commie obama has signed the law allowing him to negotiate without congress or the senate, so although the TPP has not yet been ratified it is a done deal. I do not think there has been any discussion in Canada about it but that we are all in.

            it is touted as obamatrade but very little is about trade and a lot about unelected officials making the rule to live by..

            it is 101 how to form a NEW WORLD ORDER. I think Harper is doing what he is told. At least he isn’t retarded like Justine. I hope the NWO doesn’t force that retard on to us as leader.

            Read up on the CFR Council of Foreign Relations and the UN Agenda 21.

      • Alain

        True enough and many other Western countries have done the same. That never ends well.

    • MRHapla

      Previous Socialists, Communist-Marxist Greek government lied to get in, lied to get loans and now wonder why it didn’t work?

      Socialists, Communist-Marxist killed Greece.

      • ntt1

        i think they were just the opportunistic infection that moved in on a weakened host.The ground work for greece’s predicament have taken decades to develop . they are cultural and probably predate the EU. it is just a classic proof of Thatchers comment about how socialism only works until you run out of other peoples money,

    • The Greeks should have joined the BRICS.

  • 2maxpower

    it isn’t about the money for the EU (for the people it is) but for the EU it is control, slavery. Greece will never get out of the EU peacefully. none of the countries will.

    when you are the King or dictator money isn’t important since it is all yours.

    • Bert_1

      Sure they can. All they have to do is to pay back the money they owe and leave. Easy.

      • 2maxpower

        I know you are being sarcastic but even if they paid back the money they would not be allowed to leave. that is the whole point of the EU. They want the world or as much as they can get. they don’t give things up peacefully ever.

        • Bert_1

          You have a point. I think that the EU folks are nervous. If Greece leaves the EU, that could cause a domino effect that will bring down the EU entirely. In theory, anyone can leave the EU (just like any province can leave Canada or any State leave the US) but in practice, I suspect it will be much more difficult.

  • Brett_McS

    Surely everyone knows that referenda are ‘advisory only’ in the EU?

  • Alex

    Isn’t democracy wonderful?

    • Bert_1

      The sad part is that democracy was born in Athens.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Greek democracy was the tyranny of the majority.
        There was no moderating influence over extreme views.

        • Bert_1

          The moderating influence is the people. You can support whatever you want but if you can’t convince the people that you are right, your ideas won’t fly.

          • 2maxpower

            it only takes about 10% to mold the outcome. history repeats itself. most sheeple stay on the sidelines for one reason or other. that is why the US constitution (when followed) was a great system because it provided for and was supposed to enforce individual rights, it truly never did that but was better then any other document pened since.

          • Bert_1

            Very true. The Magna Carta (from which most western constitutions were created) made a big difference in the application and creation of laws. But, the very first democratic government in history was in Athens. It was a start.

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    • DMB

      I hear prostitution can be a lucrative industry!

  • Lloyd Snauwaert

    The stupid bastards still haven’t realized that they’ve run out of other peoples money…

    • Bert_1

      “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”

  • Ed

    “…What we have is the mentality that rules are made to be broken.” And what we have here is the mentality that freeloading assholes can screw off.

  • just a thought


    It was probably just a bargaining tool all along, to extract the most concessions out of Germany et.al.

    Greece, to self – “Damn, I can’t believe they fell for that!”

    Who could have imagined Greece could be slipperier than the EU? Desperate times demand desperate measures, I guess?

    • just a thought

      Ooops, the brinksmanship DIDN’T work, for Greece, anyway. My bad. Put the gun down, sheriff, and go back into retirement.

  • ntt1

    the No vote was a triumph of the low information voters that plagues all democratic countries . Now the adults have talked and it is payback time. These measures would have come in any way, no matter who had been elected, but it is sweet to see a neo-marxist government being forced to wear reality.and the nasty measures being laid at their feet.

  • WalterBannon

    Stupid Greeks – did they really think that the EU was democratic?

    Now watch them roll over like sheep and take it.