Wo ist es denn hin? Das Geld der Europäer...
Zum einen Teil verschwendet für die antimakedonische Politik, die Athen seit Jahren rigoros betreibt.
Athen finanziert Universitäten (auch im Ausland, so wie einzelne Wissenschaftler und Institute), Stiftungen, Lobbyisten, etc, um das "griechische an Makedonien" zu promovieren.
Auch nicht zu vergessen, dass die EU Tatkräftig dabei mithilft, dass Alexander Museum in Pella das am Anfang des Jahres eröffnet wurde, kostete satte 14 Millionen Euro und wurde größtenteils von der EU finanziert...
Tja, und zu guter letzt, die Schmiergelder die an mazedonische Politiker, Aktivisten, Medien, NGOs, u.ä. ausgehändigt wurden.
Das hieße, ich könnte jeden Bürger der Europäischen Union dessen Steuergelder nach Griechenland fließen oder geflossen sind, Antimakedonismus vorwerfen...mit gehangen ist halt auch irgendwie mit gefangen :P
During 1989 to 1993 from secret funds of the Greek Foreign Ministry headed by Andonis Samaras, Greek journalists received $130 million dollars (US) to promote the "greekness of Macedonia"!
Although these funds were originally intended for external promotion (read disinformation), they, according to the testimony of former Prime Minister Constantinos Mitsotakis, ended up in pockets of Greek journalists.
- All of the funds were in black plastic bags, like those black trash bags you see, filled only with 5,000 bank notes. There were never checks, it was always cash. The money was mainly for propaganda over Macedonia's name, but instead of going abroad, this propaganda was directed towards the inside, our country - said Mitsotakis in front of a commission summoned to clarify the case.
The payment of huge lump sums coincided with the independence of Macedonia and the strengthening of internal propaganda and the so called "macedoniazation" in Greece.
This scandal, which was first actualized by Athens based Eleftherotypia was burried in 1994 though it re-emerged once again after Andonis Samaras was elected as leader of New Democracy, which suffered a defeat by PASOK in the fall elections.
Samaras had been dismissed in 1992 as a Foreign Minister by then-Prime Minister Mitsotakis, who, like Papandreou has now himself assumed the foreign ministry.
The investigation was completed without conclusions. These secret payments were investigated by Mitsotakis’ successor, the Greek Foreign Ministry, Government and current president Karolos Papoulias. The Greek Government issued no information and closed the investigation in the name of "higher national interests".
The dilemma whether the Greek Government bribed journalists as well as publishers across the country to publish material that would promote Athens’ agenda hangs in the air.
Andonis Samaras publicly acknowledged large amounts of money were paid to publishers, journalists, even local officials, adding all money were used for “national useful purposes”.
It is indicative that all documents were destroyed prior to Mitsotakis’ takeover of Greece’s FM from Samaras - on April 13, 1993. Samaras himself attested that the documents were destroyed on March 17 that year. The only thing left are the total amounts and recorded statements - the money were distributed by (Manolis Kalamidas close to Samaras and Dimitris Avramopoulos, a man of trust to Mitsotakis).
The scandal itself surfaced following the collapse of the Mitsotakis government in October 10, 1993. To make things more interesting, the Foreign Minister of the new government of PASOK - after Mitsotakis and Samaras - was none other than the current present President of Greece Karolos Papoulias!
Papoulias engaged a United States attorney, former judge, who practically discovered the secret funds. The investigation never revealed the names of journalists and news organizations that were at the receiving end of these payouts.
According to documents from the investigation on March 10, 1994 Mitsotakis before the Commission confirmed that there were secret funds from the MFA, adding funds also became available from banks and other large companies. Since taking office, Mitsotakis described the situation in the MFA as "bad" adding “presently we have only 40-48 million drachmas (220 thousand dollars), while large sums of money are directed to unknown persons without the appropriate paperwork”.
Mitsotakis explained the funds were distributed by the Minister, and controlled by three member commission appointed by the Minister. All documents, if any, were destroyed twice annually.
The former Greek prime minister asked Samaras to explain where the money went. Samaras never provided a concise answer, saying the money were spent on “Advertisement”.
Mitsotakis testified that he "personally knows journalists who received cash from the Government”. On the question to further explain how this was done, Mitsotakis provided further details: "There were bags of money. They were in black plastic bags, like those used in trash bins. Filled with 5,000 bills. All payments were in cash only, no checks. The money was mainly for propaganda over Macedonia's name, but instead of spending the money abroad, the propaganda was aimed inside."
Mitsotakis had knowledge that some of the money were intended for specific journalists to build Samaras’ political image. This current leader of New Democracy, Samaras, on April 21, 1994 before the committee denied that any funds were given to journalists in order to build himself up. Asked where did the huge amounts of unregistered payments gone, he said "all the payments for practical purposes had been placed under item “information”.
paid to Journalists ($132m)
$34, 4 million
In Greece, the law entitles the minister to dispose of secret funds for the costs of "national interest" and how they will use these funds depends on the Minister's "patriotism".
To all future 'journalists': move to Greece. The pay is good, you never have to write anything, all information comes pre-packaged. //END
The 15 year old scandal resurfaced again in Athens, in which current and former Greek politicians admitted to paying large sums of money to journalists and News organizations to spread Anti Macedonian propaganda, though without ever releasing the names of the recepients of these money.
In Macedonia, different story. The Greek Government while paying their own journalists to spread propaganda and hatred against Macedonians living there at the same time (re)inventing history, Athens had also deposited large sums of money to Macedonian journalists and politicians to support Greece in the naming dispute.
Though this was evident since 1990, it went over the top after PM Gruevski took office. More than a dozen Macedonian journalists and several politicians support Athens' views and propagate immediate change of the country's name. In fact these people support whatever Athens' views are.
Some of Macedonia's journalists (see list below) apart from supporting Athens, go in hysteria mode sending letters to EU organizations misinforming them of how terrible the Macedonian Government is to its people and neighbors!? Few journalists and organizations have been fined over 40,000 Euros each for deliberately printing false information after being challenged in Court by Government officials. The journalists paid the court punishment (on what salary?) and continued to misinform.Athens keeps tabs on who received the $130 million of bribes in Greece to spread propaganda on how 'greek' Macedonia was, and this information is of "high national interest", therefore not available to the public despite challenges from Greek paper (Eleftherotypia). In Macedonia, journalists and Newspapers on Athens' payroll are not attempting to hide this fact. Some of them go as far to drive around in cars bearing Greek license plates! The following list is of Macedonian journalists and newspapers whose direct deposit accounts are on a one way street to the Greek Government. The list is well known, and has been recently published by a Skopje based paper Vecer and TV Sitel.Where does Greece have all this money available from? Paying 'Greeks' on average 1,500 drachmas ('award' went up each year) to report anyone who spoke Macedonian to a local police station since 1945. This kind of irresponsible spending eventually caught up to Athens...//End
Mak Newspapers bribed by Greece
Mak Journalists, Policians bribed by Greece
Грција изгради музеј за Александар со пари од ЕУ
Европската Унија и одобрила на Грција 14 милиони евра за изградба на новиот музеј во Пела, кој грчката влада го рекламира преку видео на кое се гледа бистата на Александар Македонски и се истакнува дека Пела е центар на античката култура
Griechenland erbaute Museum für Alexander mit Geldern von der EU
Die EU billigte Griechenland 14 Millionen Euro für den Bau des neuen Museums in Pella, welches die griechische Regierung mit einem, Video reklamiert auf dem die Büste des Alexander des Großen zu sehen ist, es wird auch hervorgehoben das Pella Zentrum einer antiken Kultur gewesen ist.
Kein Geld für Pensionen aber immer für die Promotion des "griechischen" an Makedonien