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    1. So they delayed and then came up with the kind of proposal you present to another side when you don’t want an agreement.
    2. YV: The answer is no, and the reason is very simple: from the very beginning those particular countries made it abundantly clear that they were the most energetic enemies of our government, from the very beginning.
    3. So what we have is a non-existent group that has the greatest power to determine the lives of Europeans. It’s not answerable to anyone, given it doesn’t exist in law; no minutes are kept; and it’s confidential. So no citizen ever knows what is said within. … These are decisions of almost life and death, and no member has to answer to anybody.
    4. YV: Oh completely and utterly. Not attitudes – by the finance minister of Germany. It is all like a very well-tuned orchestra and he is the director. Everything happens in tune. There will be times when the orchestra is out of tune, but he convenes and puts it back in line.
    5. Instead it should lead to major concessions to the other side: the meeting of the council of political leaders, with our Prime Minister accepting the premise that whatever happens, whatever the other side does, we will never respond in any way that challenges them.
    6. our Eurozone is a very inhospitable place for decent people.
    7. my constant proposal to the Troika was very simple: let us agree on three or four important reforms that we agree upon, like the tax system, like VAT, and let’s implement them immediately. And you relax the restrictions on liqiuidity from the ECB. You want a comprehensive agreement
    8. You put forward an argument that you’ve really worked on – to make sure it’s logically coherent – and you’re just faced with blank stares.
    9. “This is a horse and either you get on it or it is dead.”
    10. “You’re right in what you’re saying, but we’re going to crunch you anyway.”
    11. YV: The complete lack of any democratic scruples, on behalf of the supposed defenders of Europe’s democracy.