Griechenland taumelt in die nächste Krise – im Sommer ist Zahltag für den Schuldnerstaat, und die Kassen sind leer. Der linke Premier Alexis Tsipras ist mittlerweile so unbeliebt wie seine Vorgänger und sieht sich einer wachsenden Opposition gegenüber, angeführt unter anderem von der sozialpatriotischen Vereinigten Volksfront (EPAM). Wir baten ihren Vorsitzenden um ein Interview.
Joshua Tartakovsky: Die Europäische Union und der Internationale Währungsfonds kontrollieren Griechenland und vor allem dessen Finanzen. Wie ist die aktuelle Lage?
Dimitris Kazakis: Zur Zeit kommen mehr Menschen von rechts zu unserer Partei. Sie suchen nach einer patriotischen Organisation, die gegen das Besatzungsregime dieses Landes kämpft. Heutzutage spürt das jeder. Natürlich sind wir nicht unter militärischer Besatzung, aber wir sind unter Besatzung. Unser Staat ist nicht unser Staat, noch nicht einmal formell. Wir haben Fremde, die alles kontrollieren. Es gibt keine Möglichkeit, dass griechische Staatsbürger Schutz und Gerechtigkeit von einer dieser Institutionen erwarten dürfen…mehr
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Dimitris Kazakis: “The Soros Agenda is to Destroy the Identity of Our People”
DK (Dimitris Kazakis): Right now we have more people coming [to EPAM] from the Right, looking for a patriotic organization, that can fight to overthrow the occupation regime of this country. Nowadays everybody feels that we are under occupation. Of course, we are not under a military occupation but we are under occupation. Our state is not our state even formally. In every department of our state you will find foreign emissaries controlling everything. So we have four independent authorities that were created by the Europeans that control everything. For example, we have TAIPED – the independent authority of privatization of the public utilities and public assets. Another independent authority is the General Secretariat Of Public Revenue – the president of this independent authority is Dutch. And another independent authority is the one that gives money to the systemic banks. And the fourth is the new fund, created by the Syriza government, that will control the big utilities of the public, for example electric energy. And of course all kinds of assets that were part and parcel of the Greek Republic. Everything will go to this particular fund. So the laws that created these independent authorities say that you cannot go back. You cannot introduce another law that will take back what you gave to these independent authorities. So we don’t have a constitution. We have laws that we cannot take them back. We have foreigners that control everything. There is no way Greek citizens can find protection in the justice system or in any other institution in Greece. We are under occupation. And everything comes down to the simple truth that they want everything. They want the whole country. IMF in their last report on the debt gave spectacular data about the tax collection system in Greece. They say that in 2015, 55% could not pay their taxes to their tax collection system – the IRS – here in Greece.
JT (Joshua Tartakovsky): They are avoiding taxes?
DK: No. They cannot pay any taxes because they do not have enough income. So the conclusion of the IMF is that we have a huge avoidance of tax-paying citizens so you have to reduce the basis of the income that is not obliged to pay taxes, and of course put more taxes on the citizens. That would create…more
Successful co-operatives are a viable form of economic organization and the Viome story is another proof of this.
Staff at Viome had to confront an existential quandary. The owners of their parent company had gone bust and abandoned the site, in the second city of Thessaloniki. Their plant, which manufactured chemicals for the construction industry, would be shut. There would be immediate layoffs, and dozens of families would be plunged into poverty. And seeing as Greece is in the midst of the greatest economic depression ever seen in the EU, the workers’ chances of getting another job were close to nil.
So they decided to occupy their own plant and make a living out of it. Read the full article.