As an object lesson in the power that the EU can bring to bear when threatened, George Papandreou is feeling the full force. He is being crushed by a cabal of thwarted Euro-Socialism through his own PASOK party and every member of the Euro-Socialist PES grouping, including Mzz Ashton and five other Commissioners and significant numbers from the European Council, Council of Europe and European Parliament. PASOK supplies 8 MEPs and the Fisheries Commissioner, Maria Damaniki, all of whom are furious at Papandreou for threatening their comfortable existences. The truth has never been so obvious that these people are a class apart, willing to sacrifice their own nations and peoples on the altar of EuroFederalism and for their own deeply corrupt self-interest.
However, the Referendum is out of the bottle now and it won't be as easy to get it back in. If Papandreou resigns and the Referendum is cancelled, I predict fury on the streets of Athens. These are serious times indeed.