segunda-feira, 22 de junho de 2015

Reasons to Support Greece

"The European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have formed an imperial Troika, suspending even the veneer of democracy to impose policies on Greece, which have failed even in their own stated aims. Debt has not decreased but has rocketed as the economy has gone into free-fall. Even the IMF has become a little squeamish about the poison it is administering.     

The real reason for these inhumane policies is simple – a bank bailout of enormous proportions. While Greece’s people did nothing to cause the financial crisis, they are paying the heaviest price for European banks which recklessly lent money to their country, fuelling corruption and militarisation. Jubilee Debt Campaign calculates that the Troika have lent €252 billion to the Greek government, of which the vast majority bailed out European banks, while Greece’s debt kept rising.

Greece’s government is currently being labelled ‘extremist’ because they refuse further and deeper austerity in order to get another loan which will simply be used to pay the institution giving the loan.  

No-one in the Troika believes these policies will help Greece. We learnt after 1945 that resuscitating a country can be achieved with the right amount of debt cancellation and growth. That’s how Germany recovered from war, thanks to the rational policies of countries like Greece. But Europe’s leaders are now hellbent on humiliating and defeating a government which is standing up to the whole thrust of contemporary economic policy. Heaven forbid Greece should prove that there is an alternative after all.

That’s why we must support Greece. Over the last 5 years, its people have not descended into barbarism, in spite of the rise of neo-Nazi parties like Golden Dawn. In fact they have provided us with some hope. [...]

[...] No government can stand up to such pressure on its own. Syriza remains a supported by social movements that push it on. But the country also need international solidarity, just as we would give it to those that stood up against international finance in the past.   

Europe is at a crossroads. Do we continue to head down an anti-democratic road where ever more of our society is sold off, inequality continues to spiral, poverty and unemployment are seen as personal failings and a ‘good life’ can only be found in the market? Or do we remember the importance of collective action and support, equality and human rights, and strive for new forms of democracy which can unleash our potential and allow us to take on the monumental task of saving our planet?

Greece is hope. It presents a once in a generation opportunity. We cannot ignore it."

Nick Dearden

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