Welcome to the new version of European Tribune. It's just a new layout, so everything should work as before - please report bugs here.
Display:
Well, there's an easy solution to the problem of asset stripping for future governments.

Do a Putin on their asses.

As long as the assets have not left Greece (and the more valuable ones cannot leave Greece), it is a trivial matter to send goons with guns and reclaim them.

Cite force majeure, bribery or even simply compelling national interest.

Less provocatively, tax them until they become unprofitable, then offer to buy them back for the same nominal sum they were sold for, minus any deferred maintenance.

Really, the number of ways to renationalise things you need to renationalise in more or less legal ways is legion.

- Jake

Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu May 19th, 2011 at 03:28:56 AM EST

Others have rated this comment as follows:

Display:

Top Diaries

In defense of tree-huggers

by Cyrille - Apr 18
19 comments

Budapest Metro Line M4

by DoDo - Apr 19
3 comments

Elections in Orbánistan

by DoDo - Apr 6
39 comments

An unfair test

by Cyrille - Apr 8
6 comments

Might INET be a Trojan Horse?

by ARGeezer - Mar 31
10 comments

Occasional Series