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tama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 04:19 PM
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Greeks to vote on future in eurozone?
Source: Kathimerini

Greeks to vote on future in eurozone?

As pressure from Greeces foreign creditors and austerity-weary citizens mounts on the government, Prime Minister George Papandreou is considering calling for a referendum on whether Greece should continue to tackle its debt crisis within the eurozone or by exiting the single currency.

According to sources, Papandreou hopes that the outcome of such a vote would constitute a fresh mandate for his Socialist government to continue with an austerity drive backed by Greeces international lenders -- the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

A bill submitted in Parliament, paving the way for a referendum to be carried out, is to be discussed in coming days.

Sources told Kathimerini that many of Papandreous close aides had proposed the idea of a referendum to the premier earlier this summer. Since then, pressure has mounted on the government from all sides with Greeces foreign creditors pushing for quicker and more effective reforms, citizens reacting to the cuts and even members of PASOKs political council objecting to plans to slash the public sector.

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Greek referendum over the future of Euro does not sound like the worst option, sounds like democracy. Much depends, of course, on how the possible referendum would be formulated.
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tcaudilllg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 05:30 PM
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1. The problem is not the euro, the problem is the failure of the Greek left
to whip the right into shape.
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tama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 05:51 PM
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2. Huh?
By Greek left, do you refer to PASOK? The party in governement? Sure, they couldn't whip the ND into supporting the austerity measures dictated by the Troika and swollen hook and bait by PASOK, and they couldn't get the ND even to join to governement to share the burden of blame and guilt. No, I don't blame ND for not wanting to get in the same mess with PASOK governement, just another "third way" neoliberal party of and for the elites.

So in case by "Greek left" you mean not PASOK but anarchists and other demonstrators in the street, they have only molotov cocktails, the pigs have all the hard gear, and they really don't want an armed revolution against the system.

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