The circus continues. The Greeks are going to have a referendum on the bail-out terms. Inevitably it is going to be a referendum on being in the euro. The EUrocrats must be spitting out their dummies that the Greek PM has handed this power (and hence uncertainty) to the people lol!
'Eurozone policymakers will view with horror George Papandreou's decision to hold a referendum on the Greek bailout package. Less than a week after agreeing a "comprehensive" deal to resolve Europe's sovereign debt crisis, the whole thing already seems to be coming apart at the seams. The Greek prime minister's commitment to a plebiscite introduces a further element of extreme uncertainty.
But for everyone, it could also be a blessing in disguise, for a vote on the bailout package would also in effect be a vote on continued membership of the euro. If it went against Mr Papandreou, his government would fall, and given that Greece could no longer deliver on the conditions attached to the bailout, public money to pay wages, pensions and bills would soon run out. The country would descend into chaos.
To restore order, whoever stepped into the ensuing vacuum would have to impose capital controls and leave the euro. It would be a cataclysmic economic event, but very probably better than the death by a thousand cuts that awaits if Greece agrees the bailout. The sudden death of a no vote is what Mr Papandreou will use as his chief weapon in presenting the case for acceptance of the bailout terms. But it is by no means clear he is going to win.
Things are about to get really interesting.
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/je ... out-terms/
p.s. The Slovakians tried just such a tied confidence vote two weeks ago, and it brought down the government. Bring it on in Athens!