by William Wall for Critical Legal Thinking, part of the Guardian Comment Network guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 14 February 2012 11.41 GMT
‘We condemn Greece to misery and poverty to keep Standard & Poor’s off our backs. But we have miscalculated.’
Photograph: Argyropoulos/Sipa/Rex Features
The behaviour of the EU states towards Greece is inexplicable in the terms in which the EU defines itself. It is, first and foremost, a failure of solidarity.
The «austerity package», as the newspapers like to call it, seeks to impose on Greece terms that no people can accept. Even now the schools are running out of books. There were 40% cuts in the public health budget in 2010 – I can’t find the present figure. Greece’s EU «partners» are demanding a 32% cut Συνέχεια
Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos has said Greece may default on its debts in March unless unions accept further cuts to salaries.
Mr Papademos said more cuts were needed to avoid exiting the eurozone.
Analysts say the warning is to prepare Greece for more austerity measures. Συνέχεια
Out of the wreckage, international bankers will rise as saviors. The bubble that will inevitably burst in Europe was engineered by a group, a clique, of private bankers in key positions.
Raising awareness is key, but not enough to change the situation. Governments have already armed themselves with an anti-riot arsenal worthy of any extravagant blockbuster action film, while the media has taken on the role of feeding propaganda to citizens.
Watch the video and spread the knowledge. Συνέχεια
by Jérôme E. Roos on June 24, 2011
In a short BBC interview today, I argued that the media’s witch hunt against Greece perpetuates a false impression that the Greeks themselves are to blame.
With special thanks to Naveena Kottoor, I was able to appear on BBC World Have Your Say today, for a brief segment on the international media’s coverage of the Greek debt crisis.
Asked whether I agreed that the international media are engaged in a ‘witch hunt’ against the Greek people, I pointed out that all talk about the Greeks being profligate, lazy and spoilt is simply not true (video below, my contribution from 34m50s onwards — somehow the audio got messed up):