“Das costa almost nothing”

German bundestag approves the next "very last" greece package

"Costa, what costa?" says a woman to a cliche greek in a currently almost ubiquitous mobilcom advertisement. And he answers: "the costa almost nothing" and advertises a tariff, the cost of which is better to find out about outside the advertising. The debate held today in the bundestag on a third "rescue package" for greece.

Coalition spokespersons such as csu state group leader gerda hasselfeldt sought to portray germany’s liability, now at 533 billion euros, as a blob of credit risk. Klaus-peter willsch, the spokesman for the cdu dissenters, sees things differently: he spoke of "pseudo-loans", which are actually gifts, because the repayment deadlines have been pushed further and further into the distant future. Given the conditional success of the first two greece rescue packages, the mp said: "when you’ve hit your head against the wall twice, you should take a look to see if there isn’t also a tur – and this tur is called grexit."

klaus-peter willsch (cdu). Photo: klaus-peter willsch

In the belief that the "loans" are not repaid or not repaid in full, willsch also agrees with politicians who take a different view of the consequences to be drawn from this: for example, with sven-christian kindler of the green party, who said that the "debt relief" for athens is inevitable, regardless of whether the government agrees to a "haircut" urgent worldahrungsfonds involved in the third bailout package or not.

The spokesmen of the left party criticized above all the benefit cuts, tax increases and reforms to which the greek government was committed by the aid package, while the spd parliamentary party leader thomas oppermann accused his left party equivalent gregor gysi that his party was supporting the inner-party opponents of the greek prime minister tsipras with this stance.

On the whole, the members of the various parties were quite gentle with each other. Chancellor angela merkel even whispered on one of the back benches with grunen deputy marieluise beck.

The 113 no votes against the "stabilization package" came from the left party and the cdu/csu, in which some other mps evaded the conflict between conscience and career by staying home. This contributed to the fact that out of 631 deputies only 585 were present. 454 of them voted in favor of the motion, including the majority of greeks. Only 18 deputies abstained.