Zerohedge: Europe To Propose 6 Month Extension After Greece Warns It May Get Funds From Russia Or China

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-10/europe-propose-6-month-extension-after-greece-warns-it-may-get-funds-russia-or-china

Did Europe just fold?

Moments ago Bloomberg blasted a headline which has to be validated by other members of the European Commission as well as Merkel and the other Germans (and may well be refuted, considering this is Europe), which said that:

  • COMMISSION TO PROPOSE 6 MONTH EXTENSION FOR GREECE – SOURCES.

So did Greece just win the first round of its stand off with Brussels? It remains to be confirmed, but congratulations to Greece if indeed it caused Merkel and the ECB to fold.

But what caused it? Well, it wasn’t the laying out of the Greek “ask“, which as we noted earlier, was the following:

Greece will seek about 10 billion euros ($11.3 billion) in short-term financing as it tries to stave off a funding crunch while buying time to push its creditors to ease austerity demands. Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis will present a proposal at a Wednesday meeting of euro area finance ministers in Brussels that will ask for an 8 billion-euro increase in the stock of Treasury Bills the country is allowed, said a government official who asked not to be named as the negotiations are confidential. It will also seek the disbursement of 1.9 billion euros of profits that euro area central banks made on their Greek bonds holdings.

No, that’s not it. What emerged as the biggest point of leverage overnight was the following threat reported hours ago by Reuters, citing the Greek defense minister Kammenos, who essentially threatened to go to Russia and/or China if Europe decline to cooperate. Per Reuters:

Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said that if Greece failed to get a new debt agreement with the euro zone, it could always look elsewhere for help.

“What we want is a deal. But if there is no deal – hopefully (there will be) – and if we see that Germany remains rigid and wants to blow apart Europe, then we have the obligation to go to Plan B. Plan B is to get funding from another source,” he told Greek television show that ran in to early Tuesday. “It could the United States at best, it could be Russia, it could be China or other countries,” he said.

Of course, it clearly wouldn’t be the US which would never act against the interest of its European “allies”, so the real threat was very clear: converting Greece from a member of the Eurozone to an expansion of the Eurasian economic zone and a landing pad for both Russia and China into Europe. This is also a possible outcome we hinted at two weeks ago in “Putin’s Unexpected Victory: Europe Furious That Greece Is Now A Russian Sanctions Veto.”

More:

Kammenos is the leader of Independent Greeks, a nationalist anti-bailout party that is the junior coalition partner of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ radical left Syriza party.

 Greece is seeking a new debt agreement with the euro zone that will allow it to shake off much of the austerity that has been imposed by a European Union/International Monetary Fund bailout since 2010.

The euro zone, particularly Germany, has shown no willingness to ease its requirement that Greece make deep budget cuts and economic reforms.

As noted above, this is after all Europe, which means Eurozone ministers always float trial balloons headlines ahead of major meetings like the one tomorrow, gauge the market reaction, then quickly retract them. Well, the market test has been conducted…

  • U.S. STOCK INDEX FUTURES HIT SESSION HIGHS ON REPORT ON PROPOSAL FOR SIX-MONTH EXTENSION FOR GREECE

… with the EURUSD jumping 50 pips, and US equity futures surging by nearly 1%. And now, we await the denial of the “trial balloon” because when it comes to the way Europe operates, some things never change.

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Update: Not even an hour later, the trial balloon has just been popped, courtesy of Reuters:

  • EUROPEAN COMMISSION SAYS THERE IS NO FORMAL PROPOSAL FOR GREECE BUT TALKS ARE INTENSIVE

But at least the Eurogroup knows that for the algos, Greece staying in the Eurozone is a EUR positive.

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2 Responses to Zerohedge: Europe To Propose 6 Month Extension After Greece Warns It May Get Funds From Russia Or China

  1. Hildegard says:

    Is this a case of “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”? Because Greece is apparently just becoming thugs in their own right and really not acting independently but in REACTION to European threats. Their move to try to extort billions from Germany as WWII reparations was ridiculous. These people are acting out of fear and as such are showing their desperation and powerlessness. They ought to just GET funds from China and Russia and be done with it and take full responsibility for any and all consequences.

  2. vlad says:

    It would be wiser for Greece to stay in the European Union, This way they can VETO any thing that
    was against interest of Greece and Russia,China,and most of the countries of the World,
    such as not allowing the Ukraine to be part of EU,and Nato or EU and Nato suppling weapons
    to Ukraine, or any other important issue, they can always get out when the EU collapse latter.
    Also it would better for the world to have the USA financial system collapse before the EU,
    Which would reduce the threat of Nuke war between the US and Russia,during this time Greece
    can receive aid from China and Russia and the Brics, Greece will come out of this better than ever
    Now they have the ability to get rid of the yoke around their NECK and start selling food to
    Russia and getting money for the GAS piple line going thur Greece which will become a good
    base for revenue.

    vlad

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