HARD AT WORK AT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN BRUSSELS
MySatelite: Χαμηλή η προσέλευση στις κάλπες, δεν έγιναν exit poll, οι αναλυτές εκτιμούν πως η αποχή θα ευνοήσει τα ποσοστά όσων είναι κατά της επικύρωσης του Δημοσιονομικού Συμφώνου.
(Το δημοσιονομικό σύμφωνο χρειάζεται την έγκριση 12 από τα 17 μέλη της ευρωζώνης προκειμένου να επικυρωθεί. Επομένως, οι ιρλανδοί ψηφοφόροι δεν μπορούν να «εκτροχιάσουν» αυτή τη νέα διακυβερνητική συνθήκη, αλλά μια πιθανή απόρριψή της θα υπονόμευε μια από τις πρωτοβουλίες-κλειδί της ΕΕ για την αντιμετώπιση της κρίσης – πηγή)
With the Irish referendum results not due until tomorrow, the story of the moment is the low turnout. The Guardian is saying «well below 50 percent».
Bruno in The Failygraph is saying that more than halfway through a 13-hour polling day yesterday, Συνέχεια
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
Yet another excellent article from Sturdyblog that steers away from the usual propagandist ranting of the media that is simply a tool in the hands of speculative bankers and other investor think tanks geared towards shaping public opinion to suit their needs.
The only regret I have when reading this gem is that punches were pulled. Papademos and Monti need to be seen as usurpers of democracy and their respective rise to power called coups d’état, plain and simple. Most important of all is the fact that people in Greece believe their country’s rising debt is not just 30-years’ worth of bad politics, corruption and inept members of Parliament — it’s been a methodical, calculated plan executed with preciseness, enabling the few to live off the many.
My firm belief is that this has been in the making for a long time. Greece practically hasn’t had a single patriot in office since WWII. Foreign interests influenced and still influence decisions to benefit everyone but us Greeks. Some saw the world as an orange, squeezing (half of it) as much as they could out of Third World countries — sorry, that would be developing countries to those who want politically correct euphemisms used to spice up slavery as an on-going evolutionary process towards development. Now that the orange is starting to shrivel, they’ve decided to pick up the other half by turning to Europe and as I foresee other developed countries and squeeze out the savings it managed to accumulate throughout the years.
Enjoy the read, and many thanks to the author for a very fine piece.
Let Them Eat π
Some months ago I tried to explain that the crisis in Greece concerned the entire globe directly and that what was happening to my country was nothing short of an economic coup d’état. Naturally, I was accused of doom-mongering and over-dramatising. It pains me to have been proven absolutely right on Συνέχεια
As Johan Van Overtveldt, the editor-in-chef of Trends magazine states, Greece is «condemned to go down in a vicious circle of more recession, more unemployment, larger government deficits or budget deficits and so an endless need of additional money to fill up the gaps.»
So why continue the loans? Why continue the Euro sham? Since Italy is next, and France’s banking system will follow suit, why fix something that already smells putrid?
Brussels will undoubtedly push the situation to its advantage and demand to step in at any time. 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):
Unfortunately, however, I didn’t get the time to back up these assertions with hard facts — so I would like this to use the opportunity to do so here.
Special thanks for the data below go out to Alex Andreou and Ingeborg Beugel.
MYTH #1: The Greeks are profligate Συνέχεια
This is going to end badly for the world. I do not believe that Asia will escape, it may suffer less but will suffer nevertheless.
By Emily Fox for www.express.co.uk
FEARS of contagion in Europe intensified today as the debt crisis spread to Spain. Spain was forced to pay nearly 7 per cent to borrow 3.56 billion euros (£3billion) on bond markets. Italian Συνέχεια