But in the end the EU had Tsipras and Greece over a barrel.
Determined to ensure that Greek people experience tough measures being endured in other EU countries will satisfy creditors, the uber wealthy, big corporations and business but surely we should have all been looking to live up to Greek ideals rather than all sign up for the 'German' way of life?
Yes Monday some Greeks interviewed by the media 'mentioned the war' but can you blame them?
They noted Germany was again imposing its will on Europe but this time fiscally.
Greece, its people and government are still between a rock and a hard place. Will the people accept Germany's tough terms?
We will let you know later this week. Billions will be loaned to Greece but at a huge price if the deal goes forward.
Germans would rather send humanitarian aid than forgive Greece’s debts - is one American view but America is not in Europe at least not officially!
Our view - Remember when Greece helped cancel post war German debt
Images of Lagarde and Merkel, smiling for once, tells one story; Twitter tells another.
The Guardian reports the new debt deal as:
The new measures Greece must now implement
Was the referendum necessary? Are the tougher measures meant as 'a bashing' for Tsipras for not falling into line immediately?
Is Brussels now dictating a new watered down form of democracy and demonising left-wing politics?
In an earlier report we wrote "In 2012 the Guardian reported "Christine Lagarde, the IMF boss who caused international outrage after she suggested in an interview with the Guardian on Friday that beleaguered Greeks might do well to pay their taxes, pays no taxes, it has emerged. As an official of an international institution, her salary of $467,940 (£298,675) a year plus $83,760 additional allowance a year is not subject to any taxes."
Presumably that remains the case; more EU hypocrisy.
The fat cats riding the gravy train in the EU are quick to spin Greek debt and gloss over such facts.
But people are not so blind these days.
6 days ago we wrote a brief opinion piece inspired by an image posted on Facebook. We wrote "This opinion piece about the Greek debt crisis was inspired by the attached image which shows Greek Ministers in the 1950's joining others to sign away German debt following the Second World War caused by that country." That report has received a great deal of attention and many visits."
People are on the side of Greece.
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