Posts Tagged ‘PASOK’

The Greece election through the prism of world history

June 19, 2012 Leave a comment

I have been reading Stathis Gourgouris “A Quick Assessment of the Electoral Situation”, which is a very interesting take on the outcome of the election in Greece. It is interesting because, for some reason, Gourgouris wants to analyze the events solely within the realm of politics; which is to say he places the events in Greece entirely within the limits of a dying domestic parliamentary democracy. No doubt most people see this as a mere “election outcome”, so the piece is useful in that sense as meaningful political analysis; but it is also disappointing as it brings nothing new to the table. For me, it is an example of mainstream punditry worming its way into social criticism — focusing our attention precisely on the least important aspect of what has occurred.

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“Brutal change” is coming to Athens

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment

From Reuters:

Speaking to parliament after a visit by EU economic inspectors, Papandreou said Greece did not want other countries to pay for its debts but expected solidarity from its European peers as it struggled with worse than expected fiscal problems.

“Unfortunately, history has fully confirmed our worst fears,” he said. “Our duty today is to forget about political costs and only think about the survival of our country … Past policies make it necessary to proceed to brutal changes.”

This, of course, means Greece will continue to play bitch to banksters, NATO, and its own wealthy families – ensuring the survival of the country only ensures the survival of their lifestyle.

Greecing the skids on the European social compact

February 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Lab Rat

Greece must renounce its debt.

Yes, we said it: Greece must renounce its public debt, withdraw from NATO, and slash its military budget. It is the only game changer the George Papandreou, the Greek prime minister, has left.

It will result in an attempted (probably successful) coup by the military, and expose the monstrous machinations of Washington and Wall Street to get their hands on the trillions of dollars currently locked up in the European social compact. And, it is the only move which will end Papandreou’s silly whining about the lack of real support for the Greek socialist government – as if Washington, Bonn, London and Paris gave a tinker’s damn about the prospects of socialist rule in Greece.

Papandreou, President of the Socialist International, the worldwide organisation of social democratic, socialist and labour parties, and President of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK)  is struggling to figure out how to eviscerate social democratic institutions in order to come up with the cash needed to pay bankers on Wall Street.

According to one report, those cuts (which are said to eventually total 4 percent of Greece’s GDP – a recession level event in itself)  have already targeted some of the most important constituents of the social welfare state:

In the run-up to the conference, Papandreou proposed drastic cuts in government spending. They included cutting Greece’s budget deficit by a massive 4 percent of GDP in 2010, increasing the public sector retirement age by two years to 63, freezing wages and cutting bonuses, while imposing a 10 percent increase in fuel prices. These cuts could cost tens of thousands of jobs in private firms that work for the government.

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