On the topic of my earlier post about the power of the state and the imposed legality of Europe, to wit: Yanis Varoufakis on the acute migraine that is life as Greek Finance Minister:
“I discovered at some point that the law that constituted the EFSF allowed me one power, and that was to determine the salary of these people. I realised that the salaries of these functionaries were monstrous by Greek standards. In a country with so much hunger and where the minimum wage has fallen to €520 a month, these people were making something like €18,000 a month.
Read the interview here: https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2015/august/1438351200/christos-tsiolkas/greek-tragedy
In short, the European powers are much less interested in sorting out the Greek state than in maintaining their own disciplinary power. Even within their own institutions they would not accept concrete proposals that cut costs. Rather than rationally pursuing their self-interest (which is surely to allow the Greek state to grow, collect some of their debts, collaborate in reform of the state, etc.) they want to neutralise any threat to what is ultimately - guff about trans nationalisation of constitutional law aside - a form of class power. The inefficiency and corruption of the Greek state, the nakedly corrupt and manipulative Greek oligarchy, in the end matter far less to the Europeans than the prospect of a pro-working class reflation of the Greek economy. It is the latter they have worked so hard to stamp out.