Qatar bought Finansbank for almost 3 billion euros. Finansbank was a subsidiary of the National Bank of Greece, which is the giant of the Greek banking sector. The Greek public is the largest shareholder of the National Bank of Greece, currently holding approximately 40% of the shares. Moreover the managing director of the National Bank of Greece is always appointed by the Greek government, irrespective of the number of shares held by the Greek public. Louka Katseli, a left politician and academic, is currently the managing director of the National Bank of Greece. It is not a coincidence that the same day the deal between the National Bank of Greece and Qatar was announced, the Greek parliament recognized the State of Palestine at the 1967 borders (December
Louka Katseli, a left politician and academic, is currently the managing director of the National Bank of Greece. It is not a coincidence that the same day the deal between the National Bank of Greece and Qatar was announced, the Greek parliament recognized the State of Palestine at the 1967 borders (December 22 2015).
Moreover, after the deal between Qatar and the National Bank of Greece, I would expect the left and pro-Islamist Greek government of SYRIZA to bring many more Muslim immigrants to Greece and Europe. In only 11 months the Greek government brought to Greece approximately 850.000 immigrants, in cooperation with the Turkish President Erdogan. It is true that the banking deal is not the only reason for the pro-Islamist stance of the Greek government. See for example “Germany’s Defeat by the Turkish Islamists and the Greek Communists”
Map United Nations : Immigrants to Greece (taken on 22nd December 2015)
SYRIZA, a Greek communist party, which is currently the main component of the Greek government, is the equivalent of Podemos in Spain, and Jeremy Corbyn in the UK, and other pro-Islamist parties in Europe. These pro-Islamist politicians are also very anti-American, and therefore they support Russia in the American-Russian clashes. But they are against Russia when it comes to clashes between Russia on one hand and Turkey and Qatar on the other. Note that Qatar and Turkey are very close allies. However the Greek government faces a limitation when it comes to her pro-Islamist stance, because Greece and Israel have a defense cooperation against Turkey, which was in place before the communists came to power in Greece.
Qatar and Turkey are very close allies, and it is difficult for the Greek politicians to reconcile the cooperation with Israel against Greece’s main rival i.e. Turkey, and the cooperation with Qatar on the other. Greece was a very strong Arab supporter, and still is, and only officially recognized Israel in 1992. But as I said when the Turkish-Israel relations went sour, Greece, Cyprus and Israel started a military cooperation, which makes things more complicated for the Greek pro-Islamist parties of the left. The Greek conservatives are somewhat more pro-Russian, even though you can clearly see the Islamist effect in conservative politicians too.
When in 2010 Turkey and Qatar sent to Israel the Mavi Marmara flotilla, the Greek Prime Minister, who at the time was leading a very small political party, was a ferocious Islamist supporter, and very anti-Israel. During the Gaza war of 2014, the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who at the time was the leader of the opposition, was demonstrating in the streets wearing a Palestinian keffiyeh.
Image 2 Alexis Tsipras as Opposition Leader Protesting Against Israel During the Gaza War of 2014
For the articles see:
“Qatar National Bank to Buy Turkey’s Finansbank for $2.95 Billion”, December 2015
“Amid strong Israeli-Greek ties, Greece’s parliament to recognize Palestinian state”, December 2015