Portugal

ΠΟΡΤΟΓΑΛΙΑ : Η ΧΩΡΑ-ΥΠΟΔΕΙΓΜΑ ΤΗΣ ΤΡΟΪΚΑΣ ΒΓΗΚΕ ΑΠΟ ΤΑ ΜΝΗΜΟΝΙΑ – ΠΩΣ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΤΩΡΑ;

Musterschüler Portugal (deutsch mit griechischen Untertiteln)

Διαβάστε : Η χώρα της Lidl

TROIKA – MACHT OHNE KONTROLLE / TROIKA – POUVOIR SANS CONTRÔLE

Τρόικα : Ανεξέλεγκτη εξουσία

Documentary film at franco-german channel ARTE. Watch in german or french (choose under “version”)

http://www.arte.tv/guide/de/embed/051622-000/medium

Διαβάστε κάποια στοιχεία από το περιεχόμενο που αφορούν την Ελλάδα (στα ελληνικά) εδώ.

Who profits from the bailouts

(Reuters) – Throughout Europe’s debt crisis, northern European leaders have often said they will not stand for taxpayers having to fork out for other countries’ problems, and the notion of “taxpayer-funded bailouts” has taken root.

 

Yet despite three-and-a-half years of debt and banking turmoil, with bailouts totaling more than 400 billion euros, northern euro zone taxpayers have not actually lost a cent.

What is more, governments in Germany, Finland, Austria, the Netherlands and France have saved billions of euros thanks to a sharp fall in how much they pay to raise money in financial markets since their borrowing costs have dropped steeply.

But that has not prevented the image taking root in voters’ minds of hard working northern Europeans putting money on the line to rescue profligate, work-shy southerners, fuelling resentment and undermining Europe’s unity.

In the run up to German elections in September, that resentment is only likely to grow, and Chancellor Angela Merkel, bidding for a third term in office, will have to reaffirm her commitment to protect voters from potential losses.

But the truth remains that German taxpayers, as well as those in Finland, the Netherlands and elsewhere, are no worse off at all, and their finance ministries have racked up savings.

“As an unintentional consequence of the crisis, Finland has benefited enormously,” said Martti Salmi, the head of international and EU affairs at Finland’s ministry of finance.

“We have not lost a cent so far,” he told Reuters. “The same as for Germany very much holds for Finland.” (more…)

Privatising Europe

Using the crisis to entrench neoliberalism

13 March 2013
Joseph Zacune

This working paper and infographic provide an overview of  a great ‘fire sale’ of public services and national assets across Europe that is providing profits for a few transnational companies but is often fiercely opposed by its citizens.

Contents of briefing

  • Root causes of the crisis
  • Bad medicine for ailing economies
  • Using the crisis as cover to deepen neoliberalism
  • The Troika & the sacrifice of sovereignty
  • Privatisation as a key component
  • Greece – an El Dorado for investors?
  • Ireland – taking unpopular steps towards privatisation
  • Italian citizens reject the privatisation of public utilities
  • Portugal’s privatisation push
  • Spain – ‘citizen waves’ against privatisation
  • Britain as a testing ground for privatisation
  • Local democratic alternatives

The Great European Fire Sale The Great European Fire Sale

A visual overview of privatisation of public services and assets enforced on crisis countries by the European Commission and European Central Bank. And the popular resistance movements to defend public services that have emerged as a result.
> Download image | See image in interactive format

 

“The drive for austerity was about using the crisis, not solving it. It still is.”
Nobel prize-winning economist, Paul Krugman

(more…)

‘Screw the Troika’: Tens of thousands protest austerity measures across Portugal

Published time: March 03, 2013 00:55
People gather against government austerity policies at Lisbon's main square Praca do Comercio March 2, 2013 (Reuters / Hugo Correia)

People gather against government austerity policies at Lisbon’s main square Praca do Comercio March 2, 2013 (Reuters / Hugo Correia)

Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streetsof Portuguese cities protesting austerity measures that the government hopes will help to avoid the bailout and lift the country out of recession.

Protests, coordinated through social media by nonpartisan groups, have swept across the country with the biggest mass demonstration taking place in the capital Lisbon.

Over 200,000 protesters filled a Lisbon boulevard leading to the Finance Ministry. Many of them were carrying placards and chanting “It’s time for the government to go!” and “Screw the Troika, we want our lives back,” referring to the lenders from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.

People in the crowd were singing “Grandola”, a protest song from the 1974 “Carnation revolution” which ousted the fascist dictator Antonio Salazar and brought the end of the military rule in the country. During the past few week activists have sung the song to heckle government ministers making public speeches. (more…)

Portugal: des dizaines de milliers de personnes dans la rue contre l’austérité

La manifestation de samedi est intervenue alors que la grogne sociale est à nouveau en hausse contre les mesures d'austérité mises en oeuvre par le gouvernement de centre-droit, en contrepartie du plan de sauvetage de 78 milliards d'euros accordé au Portugal par l'Union européenne et le Fonds monétaire international en mai 2011.

La manifestation de samedi est intervenue alors que la grogne sociale est à nouveau en hausse contre les mesures d’austérité mises en oeuvre par le gouvernement de centre-droit, en contrepartie du plan de sauvetage de 78 milliards d’euros accordé au Portugal par l’Union européenne et le Fonds monétaire international en mai 2011.

Plusieurs dizaines de milliers de personnes déferlaient samedi à travers le Portugal contre les mesures d’austérité du gouvernement à l’appel d’un mouvement citoyen apolitique, en passe de réaliser une mobilisation de grande envergure.

“La troïka et le gouvernement dehors”, “le Portugal aux urnes”, “élections maintenant”, “démocratie participative”, pouvait-on lire sur les banderoles et les affiches portés par les manifestants.

A Lisbonne, le cortège des protestataires, fort de plusieurs milliers de personnes s’est ébranlé vers 16H00 GMT au son de la chanson “Grândola Vila Morena”, reprise en coeur par les manifestants, la voix tendue d’émotion.

Cette chanson est devenue le symbole de la contestation au Portugal après avoir été l’hymne de la Révolution des Oeillets de 1974 qui a permis l’instauration de la démocratie. (more…)