You know, I think it's perfectly reasonable for Finland to ask for some form of collateral before sending any more money to Greece.
Particularly since it's becoming clearer and clearer that the only way for Greece to get out of this whole mess is going to be to eventually pull out of the Euro, issue a devalued currency and then say "fuck you" to their debts - exactly the way Argentina did a few years back.
I mean, at this point, the only reason to not ask for collateral is if you are really, really confident that Germany has the best interests of all of Europe at heart - which, historically, is sort of like hoping that a US insurance company has its customers health and welfare as their primary business concern.
At this point I think Greece is, quite sensibly, just seeing how much hard currency they can get out of Europe and the IMF before they pull the plug. Sort of like maxing out your credit cards a week before declaring bankruptcy.
I also wonder if the Euro sell off that has been boosting the dollar all day is because currency traders are finally figuring this out.
Rome Girl: You know what's weird?
Me: The Internet?
Rome Girl: Well, yes, but that's not what I was going to say.
Rome Girl: I just read that Nancy Regan fell down at an event and there's a picture of it. But I hadn't seen it anywhere else.
Me: Nobody gives a shit about Nancy Regan. If it had been Taylor Momsen you would have heard about it.
Rome Girl: I don't even know who Taylor Momsen is.
Me: She'll probably end up married to Marylin Manson eventually.
Rome Girl: I still think it's weird that nobody talked about Nancy Regan.
Me: Do you want to see pictures of Taylor Momsen?
Rome Girl After Looking At Pictures: That's Avril Lavigne.