Re: "This live broadcast cock-up is a failure of democracy by the EU"
This is getting way off-topic but let's look at the facts.
I object to people being used as pawns and threatened in political games.
I do, too, for what it's worth. Doesn't stop it happening.
The proposal wasn't expired at the time the referendum was called.
But it was called for a time after the proposal would have expired. This is what made the referendum a farce. Clever politicking by Tsipras: "I'm doing what the people want me to do.", but a terrible way to negotiate.
There was a concerted effort by the EU to change the terms of the referendum from a vote on the proposal to a vote on whether or not to stay in the eurozone.
It was hardly concerted. I agree it was ill-advised but they were basically telling the truth: with the expiration of the bailout programme at the end of June, it would no longer be possible to offer such good terms again. Nevertheless, it would have been smarter to say nothing.
Merkel said that there would be no further talks until the referendum was over
She did the smart thing: wait for the result of the referendum and be seen not trying to affect the outcome of it.
Since the referendum it's perfectly okay for the democratically elected representatives in other countries to express their opinion of it. Nobody should be surprised if patience is wearing thin. The Lithuanian president and the prime minister of Slovakia are no longer mincing their words.