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MOSCOVICI ADMITS THE GREEK PROGRAM IS A “DEMOCRATIC SCANDAL”

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.

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Dimitris Kazakis Interview von unabhängigen Journalisten Joshua Tartakovsky

«Wir müssen raus aus dem Euro»

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

Um diesen Artikel auf Englisch zu sehen, klicken Sie hier.

 

Two Years After Resounding “No” Vote, Greece Still Says “Yes” To Austerity

Privatization, high taxes and the slashing of cherished public-sector salaries and pensions are the price Greece has paid for accepting the loans that have kept the country in the Eurozone. Its citizens are the ones now paying the price for the costly missteps made by its leaders.

Greece Homeless

A homeless person changes clothes outside a bank in central Athens. Nearly one-in-four Greeks are unemployed and receive no benefits. Poverty rates have surged here since the start of the crisis in late 2009, with nearly 36 percent of the country living in financial distress.

It has become an increasingly common sight on Greek streets, even in formerly prosperous neighborhoods. Elderly—and sometimes not so elderly—individuals rummaging through rubbish bins in search of scraps of food to eat. Beggars are now practically a universal sighting in Athens and other large cities.

More and more young Greeks are migrating abroad by the day, contributing to a “brain drain” that has totaled approximately 500,000 individuals since the onset of the crisis. In my neighborhood in central Athens, several parked cars are filled to the brim with a life’s worth of possessions, packed in boxes by individuals who have likely lost their homes and livelihoods and who now call their automobiles home. Everywhere, abandoned cars and motorcycles rust away on curbsides and sidewalks.

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“The greek debt : a european tragedy” OR “What will happen to all EU-member states”

In French, subtitles in many languages (choose subtitle’s language).

This video describes the current situation in Greece and the future situation in all EU member-states!

 

Ο Λ. ΧΡΥΣΑΝΘΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ ΣΤΟ RT ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΤΕΤΑΡΤΟ ΜΝΗΜΟΝΙΟ (ΜΕ ΥΠΟΤΙΤΛΟΥΣ)

RT interview with L. Chrysanthopoulos on the new measures, May 18, 2014

 

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