economic crisis

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

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Dimitris Kazakis interview by independent journalist Joshua Tartakovsky

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

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IWF tötet Kinder in Griechenland

Το ΔΝΤ σκοτώνει τα Ελληνόπουλα  

paidakiDer kontinuierliche Anstieg der Morbidität und Mortalität der Bevölkerung in Griechenland lässt eine ungeheure humanitäre Krise befürchten.

Die Fakten, die auf dem 43 Pädiatrischen Symposium Nordgriechenlands präsentiert wurden und die Politiken extremer Austerität mit der Verschlimmerung der Gesundheit der Kinder in Zusammenhang setzen, sind dramatisch.

Im alltäglichen Leben wird als “Armut” das Unvermögen definiert, eine würdige Lebensweise zu erreichen. Verursacht wird die Armut durch die Minderung des Einkommens und die Arbeitslosigkeit. Folgen der Armut sind: schwierigerer und nicht rechtzeitiger Zugang zu Gesundheitsstrukturen, mangelhafte Versorgung, unzureichende pharmazeutische Behandlung, Abwertung der präventiven Medizin. All dies führt zu einem tragischen Anstieg der Morbidität speziell bei den Kindern.

Armut ist heute erste Ursache für Todesfälle und Anstieg der Morbidität

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen stellen einen signifikanten Zusammenhang zwischen dem monatliche Einkommen und dem Gesundheitsniveau der Bevölkerung fest:

  • mit einem monatlichen Einkommen von 1.800 Euro hat man ein ausgezeichnetes Gesundheitsniveau,
  • mit 1.300 Euro nur noch ein mittleres Gesundheitsniveau und
  • mit 550 Euro ein sehr schlechtes Gesundheitsniveau.

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Special Economic Zones: Is it a matter of opinion or a matter of interest?

Comment: Dear Sir/Madam,

I am R.B. from India. Presently I am pursuing my MBA in Germany. I am an Engineer by profession with 18 years of experience in Project/ Program management etc. in a leadership role.

I have been studying the Greek crisis and it has been a big topic of discussion during this MBA. We even had a visit to the ECB in Frankfurt where this issue was presented to us and discussed. I read the article with great interest and I have concrete proposals to share which I think can be implemented to resolve the crisis.

Since the space is short here, I am looking forward to a suitable response from your end to share my views.

Regards
R.B.

Dear R.,
Thanks for contacting EPAM.
We’d be delighted to listen to your proposals even a general idea.
Looking forward to reading from you soon.
Best regards,
T.L.
Dear Sir,Please find enclosed a proposal from my side. I am looking forward to your feedback on the proposal.
Regards
R.B.

T.L.
My answers in red:

Problem Statement.   As the unemployment numbers rise in Greece, the expenses of the Govt. (in welfare payments) also rises.

The expenses of the government in welfare payments are non-existent since Greece signed with troika (=IMF, ECB, EU). On the contrary, unemployement is due to the fact that the government does not spend because the governemewnt uses the taxes to pay the debt  which was produced by euro.

Further, the unemployed are also disruptive and so the traditionally profitable industries (like tourism) are also adversely affected. So this is like a downward spiral. What is the Govt. doing? They are trying to sell of the ‘crown jewels’ i.e the best run companies in the country to raise money. What the Govt. doesn’t realize is that even if they sell these companies (at a fraction of their true value), due to the possible disruption by the unemployed, getting work done in such companies inside Greece is uncertain and risky.

So, the direction of the solution has to be to find some sort of employment for the large number of unemployed. This has to be a private sector solution so that the burden of the Govt. (in welfare payments) is reduced. History has proved ( USA Great Depression etc) that private sector is not the solution when a country’s economy is in free fall like Greece’s is. On the contrary. The loss of this ‘burden’ in welfare payements is what led to this situation where an entire people is exploited by private Banks and private sector.

Lastly, it is about the pride of the Greeks who (like any other self-respecting nation) would like to get themselves out of this crisis by working hard and not by being unemployed. I don’t know about other nations but the Greeks will not get out of the crisis by working like slaves to pay the debts others (=political system) made for him.

Proposed Solution.      The solution lies in setting up of ‘Special Economic Zones’ (SEZ) in Greece where Multi National Companies (MNCs) preferably in the FMCG sector, can set up their plants and employ the Greeks. One very competitive MNC is TATA, who are into a lot of things (at least in India) from salt to luxury cars and even locomotives. Maybe in India it worked (although I would very much like to listen to someone who works in a SEZ in India what he has to say about that) but I wonder why France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Italy, do not have SEZs in their countries? Do they know something India, China, South Korea do not? (more…)

STUDY RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF ECONOMIC CONDITIONS ON PUBLIC HEALTH

The continuing worldwide economic crisis and austerity measures have raised concerns about the impact of economic conditions on public health.

An article published in the American Journal of Public Health, co-authored by a Queen Mary, University of London Research Fellow, shows that economic recession and austerity policies imposed in Greece have had detrimental effects on health services and health outcomes.

The study, led by researchers at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and the University of New Mexico in the United States , analysed current data on economic and social conditions, use of health services, and health outcomes.

Key public health indicators were found to have deteriorated in association with economic crisis and austerity policies that reduced public services. After 14 years of continuous economic expansion since 1994, Greece’s gross domestic product (GDP) started showing zero or close to zero growth rates since the fourth quarter of 2007 and negative growth rates from the fourth quarter of 2008 onwards.

Between 2007 and 2009, suicide and homicide mortality rates among men increased by 22.7 per cent and 27.6 per cent. Mental disorders, substance abuse, and infectious diseases showed deteriorating trends during 2010 and 2011.

Despite worsening health conditions the Ministry of Health’s total expenditures fell by 23.7 per cent between 2009 and 2011. Meanwhile, due to unemployment and loss of personal income, patients decreased their use of private medical facilities, and use of already stressed public inpatient and primary care services rose by 6.2 per cent and 21.9 per cent between 2010 and 2011.

Dr. Elias Kondilis, lead author of the study and a Research Fellow at Queen Mary’s Global Health, Policy and Innovation unit, said:  “We were expecting that these austerity policies would negatively affect health services and health outcomes, but the results were much worse than we imagined.”*

Based on their findings, the authors criticize austerity policies that are likely to cause deteriorating health conditions in other European countries and in the United States.

“Economic crisis, restrictive policies, and the population’s health and health care: The Greek case” Elias Kondilis, M.D., Ph.D., Stathis Giannakopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Magda Gavana, M.D., Ph.D., Ioanna Ierodiakonou, M.D., Ph.D., Howard Waitzkin, M.D., Ph.D., and Alexis Benos, M.D., Ph.D., American Journal of Public Health, Published online ahead of print April 18, 2013: e1–e8. doi:10.2105/ AJPH.2012.301126

Economic Crisis, Restrictive Policies, and the Population Health Care The Greek cases

source: Queen Mary University of London

Dimitris Kazakis speach at Cass Business School 11/4/2013

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Greetings to everyone,

Right from the beginning we need to clarify that the crisis which Greece is currently facing and has led the country to its 5th official bankruptcy does not originate from the actions of a prodigal government or from the effects of a fiscal problem which could be solved through the implementation of measures of re-adjustment and reductions in government expenditure. Greece has bankrupt due to its national debt as a result of the bankruptcy of its own economy which for the past decades has been suffering from the implementation of a model based on which an economy should grow through concentrating on being extrovert and as it follows that economy should obey to the decisions made by the international financial/capital markets.

In terms of the previous decades in Greece, it should be stated that as long as the international dogma of free markets and deregulation was applied, the Greek economy was becoming a parasitic economy which concentrated on providing cheap services. As a result Greece depended even more on the fluctuations of international financial markets and kept losing ground in terms of its international competitiveness. This result was expected as the Greek economy was formed around the basic principle that it should be serving the most illegal and extraordinary appetites for high returns and profitability as demanded from both external and internal investors.

A very characteristic statistic related to the previous statements is that the percentage of the private returns in terms of the total added value within the local economy during these years of the recession reached 59% in 2009. This is a record figure within the European Union as it is almost double in comparison to the weighted average figure which corresponds to the rest of the E.U. members. For decades, all the governing parties in Greece and their so-called protectors from abroad such as the OECD, the IMF and the E.U. did everything that could be done under their power in order to convert into a primary competitive advantage of the Greek economy the prospect of maximization of the private sector’s profits beyond any logical and reasonable limit which could be set by the economy itself due its capabilities in terms of productivity.

Due to all of the above the country’s productivity started to sink and that element of parasitism would be transmitted to all business sectors while at the same time the quackery of the issue and selling of financial derivatives was advocated as a solution.  A characteristic statistic indicating this is the fact that in 1992 for every 100 dollars of foreign private capital which was invested in the local economy, a 59% was associated with investments in the real economy, 31% was associated with real estate and just 10% was associated with financial investments. In 1995 the figures were 33% towards the real economy, 7 % towards real estate and 60% towards financial assets. Just before the outbreak of the crisis the figures were 10% for the real economy, 1% towards real estate investments and 89% towards financial investments. The result was that figure corresponding to 63% of the total private profit generated from the economy during the last 10 years, was interest. (more…)