Futures Fizzle After Greece "Hammered" In Riga, Varoufakis Accused Of Being "A Time-Waster, Gambler, Amateur"

Even though no rational person expected that the Greek situation would be resolved at today's talks in Riga, Latvia, apparently the algos were so caught up in spoofing each other to new record highs that futures, after surging once more overnight following the latest Google (GOOG) miss which sent the company and the Nasdaq soaring, actually dipped modestly into the red following headlines that the latest Greek talks have broken down after a "hostile" Troika "hammered" the Greek finmin, who was accused by European finmins of "being a time-waster, a gambler and an amateur."

It appears Europe is not a fan of game theory.

Bloomberg has the best summary of the latest Greek "negotiation" farce, all of which at this point serves only to kick the can not by months but by weeks until Greece runs out of confiscated money and is forced to either fold completely to Troika demands, leading to new elections or a referendum or conclude its pivot to Russia, setting off the next phase of the second cold war:

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis was heavily criticized by his euro-area colleagues amid mounting frustration at his refusal to deliver measures to fix his country’s economy and release financial aid, according to three people familiar with the talks.

Euro-area finance chiefs said Varoufakis’s handling of the talks was irresponsible and accused him of being a time-waster, a gambler and an amateur, one of the people said. Another said the Greek complained of the hostile atmosphere in the meeting, as he was criticized from all sides. A Greek official in Riga, Latvia, for the meeting wasn’t able to comment on the talks when reached by phone.

Going into the talks, the 19-nation bloc’s finance ministers voiced their frustration over Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s attempt to bypass their veto on financial aid with an appeal to Angela Merkel. “I demand very urgently that we get results on the table,” Austrian Finance Minister Hans Joerg Schelling said before sitting down for talks. “If you follow the media of the past days you hear time and again that ‘Tsipras says’ and ‘Tsipras thinks’, so apparently this has been moved to leaders’ level.”

With Greece running out of money and stalling over commitments to reform, euro-zone finance chiefs said the country’s authorities still haven’t shown sufficient progress on plans to revamp the economy to justify a loan payout.

Tsipras sought to circumvent the finance ministers’ authority less than 24 hours earlier, pleading his case with the German Chancellor and French President Francois Hollande on the sidelines of a summit on immigration in Brussels. Under euro-area procedures, it’s the finance ministers who have to sign off on any aid disbursement and Merkel said last month she’s not prepared to override those controls.

It could have been worse: someone could have literally beaten up VaroufakisL

  • SCICLUNA: INSTITUTIONS BEING PUSHED TOWARD HOSTILITY ON GREECE

End result of today's meeting?

  • MOSCOVICI SAYS FAR FROM A GLOBAL AGREEMENT ON GREECE
  • DIJSSELBLOEM SAYS BIG, BIG PROBLEMS TO BE SOLVED FOR GREECE
  • DIJSSELBLOEM SAYS WIDE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN GREECE, CREDITORS
  • DIJSSELBLOEM: ASSESS GREECE AGAIN AT REGULAR MAY MEETING

Even the "apolitical" ECB hinted that stories leaked earlier of a surge in the collateral haircut may come true in the coming days:

  • DRAGHI: ECB MAY EXAMINE CHANGE IN HAIRCUTS FOR GREEK FUNDING

So with Greece again achieving nothing, and not securing any new funds (aside from the cash it confiscated from its mayors), expect another round of pivoting toward Russia, which will promise much in exchange for the Turkish Stream deal being concluded and assuring that European energy needs are "met" courtesy of Gazprom (OGZPY) for the next decade while leaving Ukraine in gas transit limbo.

Expect the brief bout of Greek euphoria which sent Greek banks surging, i.e., Piraeus Bank: +16.6%, AlphaBank: +9.2%, National Bank of Greece: +9.6%, to promptly fizzle following this latest disappointment. The Euro is already feeling the brunt of the algo disappointment, and after surging over 1.08 on another stop hunt just before the Europen open, the EURUSD has pared nearly all its gains.

Elsewhere in Europe, on a stock specific basis, HSBC (+3.2%) has also been in the spotlight with the Co. contemplating whether it should move its headquarters away from the UK, with China a touted possibility. AstraZeneca (-3.1%) announced their earnings pre-market and have traded lower throughout the session as profits were negatively impacted as two of the Co.’s bestselling drug patents are due to expire and competition from generic sales.

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