Eurozone members seek tougher policing of Greece

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    Some eurozone countries want a European Commission task force to be given extra powers to oversee the sale of Greek state assets and the country's civil service under a far-reaching plan to tighten supervision of Athens, EU sources told Reuters.

    The radical proposal, dismissed by some officials as a form of colonialism and which may be shot down in the face of such criticism, underscores mounting pressure for stricter policing of Athens, with some ready to demand its sovereignty be clipped.

    It has echoes of a German idea, mentioned by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a meeting of her Christian Democrat party in Berlin on Tuesday, that a permanent mission from the troika of international lenders could be established to monitor Greece.

    The European Commission, however, said there was no plan to give its current task force executive powers.

    Eurozone leaders meet on Sunday to discuss further aid for Greece. With countries such as Germany and the Netherlands frustrated by Athens's lack of progress on privatizations and other reform, tighter control is one issue on the agenda.

    Support for stronger supervision partly reflects dissatisfaction in countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Finland with Greece and its failure to bring its finances more rapidly into check.

    Emphasizing the need for far tighter oversight of Greece's economy, one eurozone source who supports the idea of giving the Commission's task force more executive power said: «It's that or not getting the money."

    The source added that there was a need to «take over some of the sovereign functions of the state» to «get the machine running."

    "It is assistance imposed from outside. It's where outsiders take over some elements of the operation,» he said of the proposal, which could involve deploying several hundred technical experts on the ground to administer Greece.

    "The idea is living in some capitals. There is no alternative."

    The European Commission denied any such plan was under consideration, saying it had not been approached by any country about granting executive powers to its operation.

    "The task force is an administrative structure aiming at supporting the Greek authorities,» a spokesman for the EU's executive told a regular briefing. «An administrative structure cannot, under any circumstances, take over legislative, legitimate government in Greece or somewhere else."

    The Commission has already dispatched a small number of officials to Greece as part of the EU/IMF troika that is responsible for assessing how well Athens is doing with meeting its budget deficit, growth and other economic targets.

    In addition, its task force helps Athens on tax reform and tapping EU structural funds.

    Under the proposal, which chimes with a Dutch initiative for countries asking for financial aid to be placed under «guardianship,» the Commission's Greece task force could be bolstered.

    The body, run by a German, Horst Reichenbach, would be handed some executive powers, giving it the final say over, for example, privatizations, the first source said.

    "The scale of the intervention is unparalleled,» said the eurozone source. «If there was a track record of responsible management, such as in Ireland, things would be different. But that track record is lacking in Greece.

    "It is a matter of authority,» he said. «There will be a lot of resistance. The formal authority is not in their hands -- Greeks must accept that."

    Greece is set to receive another 8 billion euros ($11 billion) of EU/IMF aid in November -- the latest payment from a 110 billion euro bailout agreed last year -- and is expected to get another multi-billion-euro package of support soon.

    With the economy stagnating, lenders are banking on Athens selling assets such as ports and power companies to raise funds. It has said it will generate 50 billion euros by 2015, but has so far raised roughly 1.3 billion euros via privatizations.

    Other officials, while declining to comment on the specific tighter-oversight proposal, said there was widespread political support to impose stronger policing on Athens.

    "Support for stronger supervision is certainly there,» said one EU official.

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    Dear Greece,

    Prior to responding please refer to the Iceland solution,

    Sincerely,
    Iceland

    The people of Greece will now experience "debt is slavery" more than ever imagined.

    Maybe the Greeks can wake up one morning and find out their country is now owned by the Chinese?
     
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    They want to be members of the club, they can't be flouting the rules. They are behaving like Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack. And they lack the cash to be so uncouth.
     
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    Tougher Policing and Stronger Supervision = Loss of Sovereignty.

    The Greeks need to overthrow their traitorous gov't that put them in the EU and on the hook for Bank losses.
     
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