Well then, more fun and games in the mad house called Greece.
Early this morning, Chief of Staff Cosntantinos Ziazias dropped a nuclear bomb in Samaras's lap by handing in his resignation. Although no official reason has been given, it is widely known that there was a very public disagreement between the Chief of staff and the Deputy Minister of Defence Panagiotis Karabelas.
According to now Ex-Chief of Staff Ziazias he resigned because of political interference with military matters. (Would he have resigned if the interference was the other way around?).
this goes back to the days that Papandreou proposed the Referendum on the EU, opposed by Merkel, Schauble & Co. According to "unnamed sources" the then minister for Defence Panos Beglitis was ordered by Papandreou to bring him "the heads of the 18 most senior people in the military". 5 Days before the Papademos puppet government was installed by the EU, Papandreou got his wish, and a very pro-PASOK military top was installed.
(Defence Net, the military web site)“Constantinos Ziazias was a product of Belgitis’ political coup. Ziazias is considered as especially close to the old PASOK of George Papandreou even though he is a good army offcier.
Papandreou ordered Beglitis to take the heads of 18 high-ranking officers so that he could claim in Cannes that he wanted a referendum in order to avoid a coup by the Greek armed Forces.”
Ziazias now claims that he was summoned to the Department of Defence at 2.00 am, to receive a list of promotions and retirements in the army decided upon by the Minister. There are claims that some of those promotions involve people shafted by Papandreou, meaning pro ND military.
According to Zougla, more resignations are expected. The worrying part of the news however is that it is reported that after handing in his resignation, ZiaZias gathered a lot of senior officers together and had a lenghty "conversation" with them.
Ziazias has already been replaced by Constantinos Gkinis