Après la magnifique mobilisation des « gilets jaunes » du 17 novembre et ses prolongements, un premier bilan s’impose afin de mieux éclairer la suite des évènements. Avec des centaines de milliers de participants et plus de 2 000 points de rassemblements, les Gilets jaunes sont certainement à la veille de devenir un acteur significatif et durable de la vie politique et sociale. C’est une étape décisive dans la reconstitution du peuple comme corps politique autonome. Ce que conteste fondamentalement ce peuple, c’est la mondialisation néolibérale, même si les choses ne sont pas dites en ces termes par les Gilets jaunes. (more…)
On Christmas day Israel chose to hit once again the area of Damascus. On the day that Christianity celebrates its greatest holiday, the sky of Damascus filled with smoke from explosions and fragments. Israel chose to stamp on everything that is holy and sacred not only to Muslims, but to Christians as well.
Just like Hitler, Israel too violated the agreement with Russia that they were not going to wage any blind attacks on Syrian areas of immediate interest to the Russian armed forces. Russia’s leadership is once again furious, but it seems that they, once again, were caught up in sleep by Israel. (more…)
About 36.000 souls were lost from Greece’s population just in 2017 due to the difference between the soaring numbers of deaths and the new, even bigger, drop in births. That is, an average sized Greek town was lost in 2017; something like Tripolis.
We didn’t have such an amount of casualties during the war against the invading Italian and German forces in 1940-41, in which the Greek casualties were in the vicinity of about 14.000. (more…)
The political and media coverup of the genocide of the Greek Nation began yesterday (August 20) with European Union and other political statements announcing that the Greek Crisis is over. What they mean is that Greece is over, dead, and done with. It has been exploited to the limit, and the carcass has been thrown to the dogs.
European Commissioner for Monetary and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici described the Greek program of fiscal adjustment as a ‘democratic scandal’. In an interview to Italian newspaper Corriere dela Sera, Pierre Moscovici replied to a journalist question: “Why do you say that the program for Greece is a “democratic scandal”?
“It is a scandal with regards to democratic procedures, not with regards to the decisions themselves. But to decide in such a way about the fate of people, to impose in detail decisions about pensions, about the labor market… I speak about the basic details of the life in a country that have been decided by an organization behind closed doors, plans that have been worked out by technocrats without the minimum control of a parliament. Without that the media really know what it has been said, without fixed criteria or common guidelines”
The interview was given on the sidelines of the Ambrosetti Forum in Cernobbio, Italy, over the weekend.
In his speech at the Forum, Pierre Moscovici criticized among others the way the Eurogroup operates and urged for democracy and transparency in decision-making structures that will help the euro zone.
“But I am convinced that the euro area will only have a truly bright future if we address three burning political issues: the lack of democracy in its decision-making structures; the need to ensure that a future European Monetary Fund is successfully built on democratic principles; and the economic and social divergences creating a dangerous political divide between countries.
The problem is a structural one. We are talking about decisions that are first prepared by officials – in almost complete opacity– and then taken by Ministers behind closed doors, often after very limited discussions,and with no formal rules. Unlike in a normal Council formation, the European Commission does not have the prerogatives in the Eurogroup to promote and advance the general interest of the euro area as a whole. Major decisions are taken on national budgets and reforms and no one is – or feels – accountable for these decisions to the European Parliament.
I would go so far as to say that this flaw in the governance of EMU is a democratic deficit, and sometimes in the past, when we look at Greece, it has been close to a democratic scandal.
As you can gather from what I have already said, I believe that our Economic and Monetary Union requires a quantum leap forward on the institutional front to fix this political vacuum. We cannot go on having the main decision-making forum for the euro area detached from the most basic democratic standards, as enshrined in the Community method.
Reforming the euro area’s governance is also a prerequisite for increased solidarity. Any strengthening of EU powers must be reflected in a more democratic euro area.”
I supposed, Moscovici has been thinking all the time that the Greek adjustment programs was implemented and enforced by aliens. It looks as if the European Commissioner just stood at the many Eurogroup sessions watching stunned and speechless how the little mean creatures from outer space designed the future of every Greek child, man, woman and senior down to last detail and the imposed their evil plans to the country as a whole.