Reuniting Europe

In 1989 the Soviet empire collapsed and over the next eighteen years the EU got hold of a large chunk of it.
In the mindset of the Kremlin, in 2012, it’s the EU that is about to collapse and Russia should have its retribution. And unlike Brussels, one should expect Moscow to act quickly.

The big prey today is Greece, an Orthodox country in an Orthodox neigbouhood. Russia is already trying to buy its energy company and pipelines.
Greece was not part of the Soviet empire, although the Stalinist KKE has always been strong in Greece. But Russians get along well with New Democracy, a centre-right party affiliated to EPP.
Bulgaria is historically friendly to Russia, as it is grateful for the sacrifice of tens of thousands of Russians during the 1877-78 Russian-Turkish war. In Bulgaria, Russia’s friends are the Socialists.
Serbia is even more pro-Russian. Unlike Bulgaria, it has been its traditional ally in the successive wars in first half of the 20th century. Serbia will hold the second round of presidential elections on 20 May and the possible victory of nationalist Tomislav Nikolic will not be to the distaste of the Kremlin.
That’s why letting Greece “leave the club”, as Mr. Barroso lightly admitted the possibility, is not an option. Such a development could see the whole geopolitical card castle fall apart.
In 1989 democracy took Eastern Europe out of the Soviet Empire. Trouble is, today democracy is taking Greece out of the eurozone and probably out of the EU as well. Greeks invented democracy, Now they suffer from it. Tomorrow they may miss it.

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  1. With reference to the Geopolitical consequences of Greece leaving the Euro zone, I do not understand why this may bring Greece under Russian influence?, Britain and other countries in the EU are not in the EURO and never have been, Greece maybe leaving the Euro zone but not the European Union. More than 65% of Greek Voters have noted that they do not want Greece to even leave the Euro zone, although it is strange that the population in general gave such a great vote of confidence to non-austerity parties, when of course this is directly linked to its membership of the Euro.

    Greece is unfortunately a country plagued with self seeking politicians on all sides of the political spectrum, with little interest in the overall success of the country. They have developed a nationalist foreign policy, which means they hardly have a neighbour which they can consider to be a friend and spend huge amounts of their budget on military spending, as protection against Turkey even though they are both in NATO (and there has never been a war between NATO members). Greeks in general feel threatened by their tiny neighbour,s FYROM (Macedonia to you and me) and Greek is in a huge quarrel with them about their name.

    But the more pitiful aspect of all Greeks problems, however they have come about it, is that it seems to be unwilling to learn a lesson, next to know structure reforms have taken place in Greece, to make it easier to do business, Shops in Athens still close on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday after-noon and all day on Sunday, even though 1,000s of businesses have already closed. Large numbers of so called Experts sit in Brussels, collecting a salary equivalent to an Ambassador, even though they have never sat any kind of state exams (as civil servants normally do), as they were appointed those positions by friends in high places. It seems no attempt has been made to cut down on the massive waste and inefficiency of the country, which is not sustainable within or out of the Euro zone.

    Finally I wonder why we are considering Russia, as if it is still the Soviet Union and communist, the Russians could teach the Greeks a thing or two on how to simplify income tax and how 24 hour shopping works….

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