The EU deception against Greece


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Why Greeks should embrace a Euro exit

Fear of the future is no reason to stay in the EU.

Tim Black
Deputy editor, 30 June 2015

Fear on all sides has characterised the Greek crisis from 2008 onwards. You can see it in the economically brutal but coercive actions of Europe’s political elites, desperate as they are to preserve the EU project. And you can see it, too, in the succession of Greek leaders, from George Papandreou to Alexis Tsipras, anxious to maintain Greece’s membership of the Eurozone, albeit at a reduced cost. It is as if the alternative future, the one in which Greece becomes a sovereign nation again, is just too frightening to countenance. Fear has become a material force – a fear of the future, a fear of what the unravelling of the Eurozone could bring. And so it drives the Greek crisis on, through last-ditch-ridden talks, through an interminable series of tit-for-tat press conferences, and now, it seems, through missed repayment deadlines, and a referendum in Greece on whether to accept the most recently proposed set of bailout conditions.

That Europe’s leaders, fronted by the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund (otherwise known as the Troika), are fearful of the implications of a Greek exit from the Eurozone ought to go without saying. European national elites cling to the EU project as a drowning man might to flotsam. They need the Byzantine structures of the EU to flee from accountability, and to escape their own domestic problems, their crises of legitimacy, of authority, of purpose. If Greece is allowed either to exit the Eurozone, or to remain within it having dodged its debts, then the EU project is jeopardised. The populist anti-EU storms brewing elsewhere, be it in Spain with the leftish Podemos or in France with the right-wing Front National, could break; and the EU-weary squalls forming in the UK or Italy could become forces to reckon with, too. So the EU elite is doing everything it can to keep Greece in the Euro-fold, using monetary force to bludgeon Greek democracy in the ‘right’ direction. As Jean-Claude Juncker said of the Greek government’s refusal so far to accept the current bailout conditions, ‘You shouldn’t commit suicide because you are afraid of death’.

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Syriza’s compromise: a revolution betrayed?

Begging its creditors for more money won’t liberate Greece.

Nikos Sotirakopoulos
lecturer, 26 February 2015

At the weekend, one of the iconic figures of the Greek resistance in the Second World War, Syriza MEP Manolis Glezos, made international headlines when he criticised his party’s leaders for their u-turn in their negotiations with Greece’s creditors.

At the end of the negotiations, Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis left aside Syriza’s ambitious pre-election agenda, which called for a slashing of Greek debt and the ‘tearing apart’ of the existing memorandum of austerity measures. Instead, the deal that the Syriza-led government secured from the so-called Troika (the European Central Bank, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund) was a four-month debt extension, with the condition that Greece implements structural reforms. This agreement sets the ground for a new bailout agreement and a new memorandum in June. As the joke goes in Greece, the government was supposed to get the money and get rid of the memorandum – what it got is a new memorandum without the money.

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With gratitude, Ivar Jørdre

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