elections

Was bei diesem Wahlkampf auf dem Spiel steht

Am Sonntag, den 7. Juli 2019, finden in Griechenland Parlamentswahlen statt. Nach den ersten Umfragen steht als Sieger mit 37% die Partei der Nea Dimokratia (Kyriakos Mitsotakis), die Partei SYRIZA (Alexis Tsipras) kommt auf 25%. Dimitris Kazakis stellt hier zwei kleinere Parteien, EPAM und AKKEL vor, die zusammen den Wahlkampf beschreiten.

Die Zusammenarbeit der Partei ΕΠΑΜ (Ενιαίο Παλλαϊκό Μέτωπο – Einheitliche Volksfront) mit der Partei Α.Κ.Κ.ΕΛ. (Αγροτικό Κτηνοτροφικό Κόμμα Ελλάδας – Landwirtschaftliche Viehzuchtpartei Griechenlands) ist der Ausgangspunkt für die Schaffung eines starken Pols patriotischer, demokratischer und antimemorandischer Kräfte mit dem Ziel, die Besetzung Griechenlands von den Mächten der Memoranden zu kippen, die demokratische Verfassung und das Wohlergehen der arbeitenden Menschen in diesem Land wiederherzustellen. (more…)

GREECE – AFTER THE ELECTIONS

Syriza’s victory, although not massive, was indeed of historic importance. After 4 years of harsh austerity and humiliations the people finally got rid of PASOK (socialists) and Nea Dimokratia (conservatives), who have been in power since 1974 and have literally looted the country. Syriza’s victory is certainly not the solution to the problem but a necessary step towards the solution.

Greece since 2010 is an occupied country by the IMF, the BCE and the EE through colonial (more…)

The EU and the attack on European workers’ wages

Η ΕΕ και η επίθεση στους μισθούς των Ευρωπαίων εργαζομένων

Five years after the Wall Street crash of September 2008, figures compiled by Britain’s House of Commons Library on wage rates in the 27-member European Union show that workers’ living standards have been thrown into sharp reverse.

The statistics belie claims that the euro zone has “turned the corner” with a modest rise in growth over the last quarter. The situation is particularly acute in those countries that have been subject to the dictates of the “troika”—the EU, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)—which has overseen massive cuts in social spending as demanded by the international banks.

In Greece, wages have fallen by 11.3 percent since the autumn of 2010 [EPAM-International’s comment: the actual wage reduction is much bigger!]. The UK’s Institute for Fiscal Studies has (more…)

A Grexit is starting to look more feasible for Athens – Η έξοδος από το ευρώ πιο εφικτή τώρα

Το ελληνικό κείμενο κάτω από το αγγλικό

By Wolfgang Münchau in the Financial Times

For Greece to reform and not default makes sense only from Berlin’s perspective

“I would like to ask all of you not to continue at this time this discussion on a new haircut … It is not in your interest.”

So said Wolfgang Schäuble in Athens last week. I do not blame Germany’s finance minister for refusing to discuss a Greek debt write-off at this time. His country’s federal election is only two months away. Given Berlin’s approach to crisis resolution, I struggle to think of a more certain way to lose the vote than to say: “All right, then, let’s start to be realistic right now.”

But Mr Schäuble went a step further in his remarks by raising the Greek national interest. It is, of course, for the Greeks themselves to define their own interest.

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50 Truths about Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution

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President Hugo Chavez, who died on March 5, 2013 of cancer at age 58, marked forever the history of Venezuela and Latin America.

1. Never in the history of Latin America, has a political leader had such incontestable democratic legitimacy. Since coming to power in 1999, there were 16 elections in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez won 15, the last on October 7, 2012. He defeated his rivals with a margin of 10-20 percentage points.

2. All international bodies, from the European Union to the Organization of American States, to the Union of South American Nations and the Carter Center, were unanimous in recognizing the transparency of the vote counts.

3. James Carter, former U.S. President, declared that Venezuela’s electoral system was “the best in the world.”

4. Universal access to education introduced in 1998 had exceptional results. About 1.5 million Venezuelans learned to read and write thanks to the literacy campaign called Mission Robinson I.

5. In December 2005, UNESCO said that Venezuela had eradicated illiteracy.

6. The number of children attending school increased from 6 million in 1998 to 13 million in 2011 and the enrollment rate is now 93.2%.

7. Mission Robinson II was launched to bring the entire population up to secondary level. Thus, the rate of secondary school enrollment rose from 53.6% in 2000 to 73.3% in 2011.

8. Missions Ribas and Sucre allowed tens of thousands of young adults to undertake university studies. Thus, the number of tertiary students increased from 895,000 in 2000 to 2.3 million in 2011, assisted by the creation of new universities.

9. With regard to health, they created the National Public System to ensure free access to health care for all Venezuelans. Between 2005 and 2012, 7873 new medical centers were created in Venezuela.

10. The number of doctors increased from 20 per 100,000 population in 1999 to 80 per 100,000 in 2010, or an increase of 400%.

11. Mission Barrio Adentro I provided 534 million medical consultations. About 17 million people were attended, while in 1998 less than 3 million people had regular access to health. 1.7 million lives were saved, between 2003 and 2011. (more…)