‘Odious Debt’ Has Finally Arrived: Greece To Write Off ‘Illegal’ Debt

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“Odious Debt” Has Finally Arrived: Greece To Write Off “Illegal” Debt (ZeroHedge, April 8, 2015):

It was back in June 2011 when we first hinted that the time of Odious Debt is rapidly approaching.

As a reminder, this is what Odious Debt is: In international law, odious debt is a legal theory which holds that the national debt incurred by a regime for purposes that do not serve the best interests of the nation, should not be enforceable. Such debts are thus considered by this doctrine to be personal debts of the regime that incurred them and not debts of the state. In some respects, the concept is analogous to the invalidity of contracts signed under coercion.

Today, nearly four years later, Odious Debt is now a reality in Greece, where Zoi Konstantopoulou, the head of the Greek parliament and a SYRIZA member, released two videos which have promptly gone viral, designed to promote the investigative parliamentary committee to look into the circumstances surrounding the signing of the country’s two bailout agreements that led Greece to implement its austerity measures.

The short video spots, shown below, end with the message “Check it, Erase it” referring to the country’s 320 billion-euro debt.

That this concept emerges now is perhaps confusing: it was just a few days ago when the Greek FinMin promised to the IMF that Greece would honor all of its debt commitments. Should Greece decide that some (or all) of its debt was illegal and unenforceable, this will clearly not happen. Then again, this is the same political party that made pre-election promises whose execution would require about €30 billion according to German calculation, so the relentless flipflopping is not very surprising.

On the other hand, while perhaps Greece was hoping for a more favorable outcome from Tsipras’ meeting with Putin today, the resultant outcome which led to virtually nothing (that was revealed at least) may embolden the Greek nation to push on with this track which is certain to infuriate the Troika.

According to Greek Reporter, Konstantopoulou has said that the newly established “Debt Truth Committee,” will investigate how much of the debt is “illegal” with a view to writing it off.

Proving that this is more than just a populist stunt, during a vote that took place early yesterday, out of the 300 Greek MPs, 156 voted in favor of establishing the public debt auditing committee.

“The committee will examine how Greece entered into the bailout agreements with its international lenders, as well as any other matter related to the memoranda’ implementation,” SYRIZA Parliamentary Secretary Christos Mantas had explained earlier.

“We are fulfilling our commitment and the social demand to explore the causes and responsibilities of an unprecedented crisis that devastated the vast majority of society,” Mantas added.

If the Greek “Debt Truth Committee” indeed persists with determining how much of its debt is legal and enforceable, and ultimately decides to rescind some (or all) of it, the only question is how long until other countries around the world, all of which are burdened with massive, untenable debt loads across the government, financial and household sectors, decide it is time to do the same and declare a fresh start.

Because as the end of the day, the winners will be 99% of the population – or all those who have been trampled upon by the central banking regime and their crony capitalist, private bank and oligarch backers. The only losers will be that 0.01% of the population which benefited during the past 8 years of what is now obvious to all has been nothing more than a farcical global “recovery.”

8 thoughts on “‘Odious Debt’ Has Finally Arrived: Greece To Write Off ‘Illegal’ Debt

  1. This might be clever.

    They’ve already claimed repatriations from Germany and are now trashing the original corrupt deal designed to put them in debt forever.

    Write the latter off, whilst standing by the former, and hopefully they can stand proud with the foundation of a debt free structure, but they’ll only gain respect & credibility if they get to real grips with their inherent corruption and tax dodging.

    It’s a culture thing.

  2. Its a bad precedent. If they get away with it, other nations will follow suit…..soon, nobody will pay any debt they owe. I don’t think it is a good thing……..

  3. Sorry Marilyn, but I can’t agree.
    The ECB, the Bank of England, the Deutsche Bank & its private principalities and your Fed have incurred debt after debt kicking the ball down the road, hedging the inevitable default, whilst the House of Rothschild prepares itself (and nobody else) for total collapse of the current system leading to financial enslavement for everyone else…at its convenience.
    This action by Greece snatches the initiative. The Debts are all bullshit, created by the Banks FOR the Banks. No Nation State can ever benefit from continued indebtedness on this artifically inflated scale, no matter how incompetent politicians’ promises to the electorate demanded borrowing to fund them.
    The Rothschilds know damned well it will come unstuck…it’s their business to know. That’s why they are funding conflict through America for virtually every country in the world.

    Varoufakis & Tsipras’s quiet determination to honour the wishes of the ordinary people is admirable, and totally against the new Police State Constitution of the EU.

    I say GOOD LUCK TO THEM, we need action, not weak complicity to the perpetual diarrhoeia emanating from everything in the EU.

  4. Friend Stanley, I take your points, and you are likely correct. I am old school, I guess.
    I think this is just the beginning, Japan and other countries will follow suit. Maybe a world economy of default is the logical conclusion………….

  5. Hi Sweetheart,
    No, I agree with you that it could trigger the domino effect, but the “greedy guts” as you lovingly call them, knew very well what they were doing when they enjoyed the fruits of letting the Debts for whatever go exponential, and they must not whinge when it fails, for it is created by them to feed their greed.
    Anyone with an ounce of morality would have said “Hey, this could backfire, and the people would suffer”, but not the Rothschilds.They are SCUM, of the worst kind.
    Their very actions in extending credit to everyone, putting Joe BigMac in the comfort zone, encouraging him to breed whilst not looking further than his nose, is not just a cruel act, it is akin to wilfull torture.
    Just think of the debt figures they have benefitted from for every country since they stole the Bank of England by insider dealing.
    Then think about the new instruments, hedge funds, derivatives, credit swaps et al….the Rothschilds have milked every last one, including a bite at every transaction by way of the PetroDollar.
    Yes, SCUM.

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