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June 19 2015

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“イルナー通信がギリシャの首都アテネから報じたところによりますと、アテネなどギリシャの各都市で、17日水曜夜、人々が大規模なデモを行い、EUに対し、ギリシャの経済問題に対する自らの非合理的な要求をやめるよう求めました。
アテネでは、住民が、国会の建物の前に集まり、ヨーロッパの緊縮財政を非難し、ギリシャでの緊縮財政の終結を求めました。
14日日曜に行われた、ギリシャとEU、IMF・国際通貨基金などの債権者との協議は、再度、失敗に終わりました。
ギリシャ政府は、債務の返済条件の緩和と緊縮財政の停止を求めていますが、国際債権者は、緊縮財政を実行させるためにギリシャ政府に圧力をかけています。
ギリシャは、圧力が継続されれば、EUから脱退すると脅迫しています”

ギリシャで、EUの政策に反対するデモが実施 (IRIB Japanese Radio 2015年6月18日)

June 14 2015

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Why Does Greece Not Simply Default?

by Jerome Roos, PhD researcher in International Political Economy at the European University Institute
  • “Unlike previous eras, today’s global capitalism has been thoroughly financialized. This, in turn, has had major consequences not only for the centrality of finance within the regime of accumulation; it has also affected the nature of the capitalist state and its relation to private creditors. To summarize a long and complicated story, we can identify at least three structural changes that have been seminal in shifting the loyalty of governments away from their domestic populations and towards international lenders and domestic elites.

    First, peripheral countries have grown more dependent than ever on foreign credit and international investment for their own growth prospects. Second, a host of international financial institutions have been created, most importantly the IMF and the ECB, which can jump whenever a debtor is in distress to provide emergency loans (under strict policy conditionality) so the debts can be repaid. Third, financialization has contributed to the entrenchment of a state-finance nexus to a point where national governments and economies have become increasingly dependent on central banks and on domestic, privately-controlled banking systems. As a result, bankers have obtained vast leverage over economic policy, even when they (or their friends) are not in government themselves.

    These three changes have been foundational to the generalized move away from widespread default, as it existed prior to World War II, and towards the incredible track record of debtor compliance that has been established under the neoliberal regime of financialization. Ever since the Mexican debt crisis of 1982 — and the Latin American and Third World debt crises that followed in its wake — governments have generally tried to avoid a suspension of payments at all costs.”

  • “... it should be clear by now that Syriza’s backtracking and [Greek finance minister Yanis] Varoufakis’ wavering statements on whether or not the debt can and should be repaid are not the result of some personal disloyalty to the cause, nor of some grand scheme of betrayal playing out between Syriza and its supporters. Instead, what has happened is that the Greek government has run headlong into the structural power of its official creditors. This power revolves around the fact that the IMF, the ECB and the Eurogroup — which now collectively hold about 80 percent of the Greek debt — are the only ones capable of providing Greece with what it so urgently needs: cash.

    After all, governments will stand or fall by the soundness of their finances. What matters is whether they can pay public sector wages and pensioners — and, ultimately, police and the army. What matters, in addition, is that credit keeps circulating through the domestic economy and that cash keeps coming out of ATMs when people withdraw funds from their accounts. If, within this complex system of credit circulation, there is a sudden hick-up or a systemic blockage — if the state can no longer pay its employees, or if the banks are forced to close doors and private businesses can no longer obtain trade credit — the whole system literally grinds to a halt.

    The result of such an economic freeze-up, history tells us, are usually not very pretty for those in power. Argentina’s implosion following its record default in December 2001 is a case in point. Similar revolts took place during public debt crises in early-modern Europe, like when the wool carders of Florence rose up in the Ciompi revolt of 1378, or when the working classes and bourgeoisie of Paris rose up against Louis XIV in France. Just a few days ago, a Bank of Greece official warned that a bank closure might have similar consequences in Greece today: ‘We would see the revolt that this crisis has not yet produced. There would be blood in the streets.’ ”

  • “... some of Syriza’s more radical factions are now urging the government to take this gamble [euro exit] and pursue a rupture with the creditors. The party’s moderate and euro-friendly leadership, however, does not appear to be willing to do so. While the divide between the two camps can partly be ascribed to ideological differences within Syriza and the fear of being punished by voters for crashing out of the Eurozone, it should be clear that the predominance of creditor-friendly solutions to international debt crises cannot be ascribed purely to a lack of ‘political willingness.’ The spillover costs of default structurally limit the room for maneuver of heavily indebted peripheral states, compelling them to repay no matter who is in charge of the government and no matter how radical their ideas may be.

    These limiting factors are related to the three structural changes mentioned before. In the case of Greece, the country remains dependent on foreign sources of credit — at least in the short-term — to pay pensions and wages. Since private investors have long since stopped buying Greek debt, the only ones capable of furnishing the Greek government with much-needed cash are the Eurogroup and the IMF. Both are currently withholding promised credit tranches and refusing to extend further loans unless the Syriza government surrender to the creditors’ dictates by effectively renouncing the anti-austerity and anti-reform platform on which it was elected.

    Meanwhile, the Greek state and economy remain dependent on the functioning of the domestic credit system, which is currently kept alive with drip-feed infusions of emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) from the European Central Bank. The ECB sets the ceiling for the total amount of ELA that Greek banks are entitled to, raising this amount only marginally every two weeks. This is clearly a deliberate attempt to starve the Greek economy of liquidity and thereby put pressure on the government to surrender.

    Unsurprisingly, in such a context of growing financial insecurity, ordinary Greeks fear that the government may soon impose capital controls to prevent a banking collapse, so they have begun to withdraw their bank deposits in droves: more than 35 billion euros has been withdrawn since December. If these trends continue, the banks may have to shut their doors within three weeks.”

May 27 2015

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  • UK police clash with anti-austerity protesters (PressTV, May 27 2015)

    “UK police have clashed with protesters in Westminster protesting the austerity programs of the all-out Conservative government of Prime Minister David Cameron.

    The protesters say the government’s austerity measures and its plan to repeal the Human Rights Act are threatening the country.

    Some arrests have been made as students from across the United Kingdom scuffled with police. The march coincides with the state opening of the new parliament where the Conservatives will officially form a new government.

    There are reports that similar rallies are underway in other cities across the country including Liverpool, a traditional hotbed of anti-Conservative sentiment.”

  • Protesters Demand End to UK Austerity (teleSUR English, May 27 2015)

    “RT @MikeSegalov: 1000s of ppl outside Downing St telling Cameron "Fuck Off Back To Eton" #FuckTheTories #QueenSpeech pic.twitter.com/KWhrMgoOEc" — NoJusticeNoPeace (@anubidal) May 27, 2015

    “The BBC isn't even reporting on this protest so let's make people aware. #ToriesOutNow #FuckTheTories pic.twitter.com/Pz2evbIfHm — Catalans with #the45 (@CataloniaYes) May 9, 2015

    “The #US health system is very expensive & the poor suffer. Why do we need it in #UK? t.co/H0KKXDxTSY #olsx pic.twitter.com/wRplm19TUA — Occupy London (@OccupyLondon) May 27, 2015

    “In the 6th richest country in the world, thousands are now using foodbanks. #Austerity does not work! #VoteToriesOut pic.twitter.com/gKksxmCH44 — UK Uncut (@UKuncut) May 7, 2015

May 24 2015

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‘We demand of our European partners a viable solution to our country's debt problem, not another useless agreement,’ Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said at a meeting of his party, Syriza. He said that his government would not budge in the talks ‘if the partners keep putting forward baseless demands.’ Tsipras warned that ‘most of the country's population cannot bear new austerity measures.’ Greece and international lenders are expected to finalize a new plan of financial assistance to Athens. The current austerity program lasts until the end of June, and the new plan could extend it until the end of the year.
Greece wants 'viable solution' to debt crisis, not another deal (RT News, May 23 2015)

May 11 2015

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イギリス警察,緊縮財政の抗議者を逮捕

プレスTVによりますと、イギリス総選挙で保守党が勝利したことを受けて、数千人の抗議者が10日日曜、ロンドンの通りでデモ行進を行い、保守党の緊縮財政への反対を表明しました。
この抗議デモは、ロンドン中心部で警察が介入したことにより、暴動に発展し、警察も数十人の抗議者を逮捕しました”

February 28 2015

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Greece's Syriza Gaining in Popularity | News | teleSUR

“Under a reform plan passed earlier this week, Greece secured a four year extension of its financial rescue plan. Struck just hours before a midnight deadline, the deal is a sea change from austerity.

According to the six-page document that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis submitted to Reuters, some of the main points of Greece's plan are to combat tax evasion, tackle corruption and reform the tax system to make sure ‘that all sections of society, and especially the well-off, contribute fairly to the financing of public policies,’ reads the document.

Syriza also proposes to improve the efficiency of central and local government, which will include: conducting a spending review of every ministry and rationalizing any non-salary and non-pension expenditures; reforming public sector wages to avoid any wage cuts or further job loss; reducing the number of ministries from 16 to 10.

The party also proposed a variety of measures to protect Greek citizens including: protecting pensions, decriminalizing lower income debtors with small liabilities, safeguard the provisions of basic public goods and services including healthcare, expand and develop employment schemes for the unemployed, and focus on the ‘humanitarian crisis’ in the country.

The plan shows a commitment not to roll back privatizations that have been completed, but review privatizations not yet implemented.”

February 23 2015

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ヨーロッパにおける急進左派の躍進

“ギリシャで、緊縮財政政策に反対する左翼政党シリザが選挙で勝利を収め、政権を掌握してから1週間後、今度はスペインの首都マドリードで、数千人の人々が街頭に繰り出し、やはり緊縮財政に反対する左派政党ポデモスを支持するデモを行ないました。ポデモスは、「この政党を支持する多数の人々が『変化のためのデモ行進』を行なうため、マドリードに集結している」と表明しています。警察の発表では、このデモの参加者は10万人に上ったということです。また、このデモはポデモスが企画した最初の大規模なデモとなりました。
ギリシャの左派政党シリザは、緊縮財政の停止を約束することにより、選挙でそれまでの2大政党を破りました。また、スペインのポデモスも、このスローガンを掲げて今年11月に行なわれる選挙に臨もうとしています。ポデモスも、シリザと同様に、経済危機からの脱出を目的とした緊縮財政の停止をモットーにし、腐敗を非難することで高い支持率を獲得しています。
ポデモスは、昨年1月にパブロ・イグレシアスにより創立されました。彼は、政治家になる前にはマドリード・コンプルテンセ大学の政治学教授を務めており、昨年5月からは欧州議会の議員を務めています。彼は、今回のデモの実施により権力を示し、また現在スペインの政治の転換期が訪れており、権力を掌握する時期が到来したと表明しています。
また、同時にアイルランドでも緊縮財政に反対する抗議デモが行なわれ、左派政党が政権を掌握する兆しが見えています”

February 04 2015

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Led by former Communist youth militant, Alexis Tsipras, and standing on a radical anti-austerity platform, Syriza has taken Greek politics by storm. According to Maduro, their ‘historic victory’ sends a message to the international rightwing ‘to change their blind devotion to the theory of privatization, of handing themselves over to global capital, to eliminating the rights of pensioners, the houses of the middle and working classes, and the right to education for the young’.

Tsipras, who at 40 years of age will become Greece's youngest prime minister, has often commented on his admiration for the Venezuelan Revolution and hailed it as a successful example of a people's rebellion against neoliberalism. Despite entering into a coalition with the rightwing Independent Greeks party, Anel, on Monday, the new Greek Prime Minister said that he would do everything possible to protect the ‘interests of the Greek people’.

In comments made on Venezuelan state TV channel on Monday, Maduro stated that the young leader had triumphed despite a huge international campaign against him.

‘They paid thousands of Euros to try and prevent the victory of this young Greek, a leader who has emerged from the depths of the people and from the sectors demanding change in Greece. The Bolivarian Revolution emerged from the depths of the Venezuelan people, From Bolivar's people, from a leader, Hugo Chavez,’ he declared.
Venezuelan President Congratulates Syriza on Election Victory (venezuelanalysis.com, Jan. 27 2015)

February 01 2015

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Spaniards hold mass rally for leftist Podemos ahead of elections — RT News

Tens of thousands of Spaniards have taken to the streets of central Madrid in support of Podemos, a leftist political party campaigning on an anti-austerity platform. The party’s popularity has soared in the wake of the Syriza victory in Greece.

Podemos, which means “We can,” is currently leading in opinion polls, ahead of both of Spain’s mainstream parties as the regional, municipal and national elections approach.

The party was formed only a year ago, but shocked the political establishment when members won five seats in the European Parliament.

Many in the crowd waved Greek and Republican flags and banners which read “the change is now, as demonstrators chanted “yes we can” and “tic tac, tic tac,” Reuters reports. ...

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