More than 160 German “financial services executives” (i.e. tax collectors) are preparing to go to Greece in order to “strengthen the Greek tax mechanism,” according to a report published in the German magazine Wirtschafts Woche.
The magazine quotes German deputy finance minister Hans Bernhard Beus as saying “the return to active duty of retired tax collectors should not be ruled out,” the Athens News reports.
The Wirtschafts Woche article also refers to a “confidential report” from the European Commission, which claims the mechanism of tax collection in Greece is “especially problematic.”
Translation: Germany is preparing to deploy 160 tax collectors, some of which have been brought out of retirement, to go deal with Greece’s “problematic” tax collection system and make sure that revenues are being collected.
What does this mean?
Writers are Zero Hedge believes Germany is “blatantly” colonizing Greece.
“Since [Greece] no longer even pretends to be anything less than a pass-thru funding colony of its creditors, said creditors (European banks and various insurance companies) are about to send out the first group of colonial scouts in the form of German tax collectors,” Zero Hedge writes.
The report continues:
Greece will literally have to collect taxes to fund the Second “bailout package”, which is merely a front for on ongoing Greek bailout of European banks (recall that it is Greece who is partially funding the bailout Escrow Account), said tax collectors will assist their Greek counterparts (who will rather likely miss their quote of becoming 200% more efficient in 2012) in collecting money from Greek citizens to pay off German banks. If in the process a few (or all) bars of gold end up missing, so be it.
To put it plainly, “this will be literally easier than stealing rehypothecated candy from an insolvent baby.”
The article goes on to claim that this latest move by Germany is an “open attempt at colonization by a few German ‘leaders,’ who just like in every other insolvent developed country, operate solely at the behest of their banker funders.”
“We fear that such incursions into national sovereignty will only accelerate… until they are finally halted, very violently, and very tragically,” Zero Hedge writers ominously warn.