French neo-colonialists return to Greece under 'ideal' conditions
08 September, 2017
Emmanuel Macron arrived yesterday in Greece accompanied with the elite of the French neo-colonialism, that is, "representatives of French companies like Suez, Total, EDF, Sanofi, Orpea, Bpifrance, Engie."
If you are still not convinced that Greece has become a debt colony inside a grotesque union of supposedly equal members, check the case of Suez, for example. As reported by the Guardian in 2015, "Germany has been criticised for pushing Greece to sell off its water utilities when many of Europe's largest cities, including Berlin, are buying back theirs".
Under the terms of the bailout agreement approved by the Greek parliament, Greece has pledged to support an existing programme of privatisation, which includes large chunks of the water utilities of Greece’s two largest cities – Athens and Thessaloniki.
France’s Suez and Veolia, the world’s two largest water companies, will be among those interested in Greece’s utilities if the government’s shares are sold off. Yet in France – another of Greece’s creditors – as many as 49 cities have bought back their water since 2000.
“It’s a financial colonisation,” said George Argovtopoulos [President of the Thessaloniki water company trade union]. “It’s an attempt for companies in the north of Europe, the rich countries, to own monopolies like water systems, electricity and gas, in the poor southern countries in Europe. It’s a game of power and money.”
In other words, when the multinational corporate neo-colonialists find significant resistance inside the developed countries, they turn to colonies like Greece which are being destroyed by the neoliberal policies. They become a paradise for these 'investors' who come to buy ridiculously cheap and get away with huge profits, through tax-breaks, devastated labor rights, significant rise on water prices.
The case of Total inside the team of the corporate neo-colonialists is equally impressive. A letter from Clintons' top advisor Sidney Blumenthal to Hillary Clinton in mid-September 2011 (through WikiLeaks), provides details about the progress of the race of the Western allies over the devastated Libya, in order to secure a privileged position on country's resources for their companies.
As more players were entering the game "looting of Libya", the French mobilized to secure a minimum percentage of Libya's oil related industry for French firms. As described in the letter: “France is carrying out a concerted program of private and public diplomacy to press the new/transitional government of Libya to reserve as much as 35% of Libya's oil related industry for French firms, particularly the major French energy company TOTAL.”
Another interesting fact revealed in the letter, is that the then French president and the British PM were acting like a kind of commercial travelers in Libya, on behalf of the corporate giants.
Well, that's exactly the role of Emmanuel Macron during his visit in Greece at this moment. The only difference is that Greece has been destroyed and captured through an economic war, unlike Libya which still experiences an absolutely chaotic situation. Obviously, Total "smelled" plenty of oil in the waters of the broader Aegean Sea.
But perhaps the most impressive of all is the enormous hypocrisy of the French officials. All this time since the beginning of the Greek crisis, the neoliberal vultures of the French political establishment had to pretend that they support Greece against the German cruel behavior. From François Hollande to Pierre Moscovici and Emmanuel Macron today, they did absolutely nothing to prevent Troika (IMF, ECB, European Commission) catastrophe that left the Greek economy in ruins.
They let the Germans, Schauble and IMF to play the bad guys and do all the dirty work. First, when Merkel sacrificed Greece to save the Franco-German banks. Then, when the suitable conditions were implemented according to the Greek experiment, so that the French corporate neo-colonialists could come and grab whatever they could.
Recall that, when the Greek crisis erupted, some of the biggest French corporations 'flew' from the country to escape the chaos and uncertainty, as there were fears that even eurozone could fall apart. Now that Greece has been totally surrendered under Tsipras administration, they returned under the most favorable conditions in the Greek debt colony.
Tsipras is making the same mistake repeatedly. He still thinks that he can find true allies among the hyenas of the neoliberal European establishment. He 'invests' on Macron, in a desperate effort to escape from the German cruel scrutiny and Schauble's sharp nails. Well, it won't work. Not only because Macron is one of them, but also because he is expendable. He is the golden puppet of the elites who has been elected to do the job as quick as possible and leave. If you want proof about that, just look his popularity in France. Never before the popularity of a French president has fallen so rapidly and so close to the day of his election. The workers unions in France are ready for war and Macron will have an ugly political end, but the looting of Greece will be continued as planned.
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