Another year of pain looms for Greece as the country’s Parliament approves an austerity budget which will force more biting cuts upon an already struggling population. It’s been a pre-condition from international lenders who’ve been delaying another bailout cash injection for months now. Thousands of Greeks gathered outside Parliament to voice their opposition to next year’s budget. It’s approval follows another even more extensive austerity package, that sparked violent protests last week. For more on the story RT talks to joined by John Laughland, director of studies at the Institute of Democracy and cooperation in Paris. see latest video report below from RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air
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By Helena Smith in Athens
Vanna Mendaleni is a middle aged Greek woman who until now has not had vehement feelings about the crisis that has engulfed her country. But that changed when the softly spoken undertaker, closing her family-run funeral parlour, joined thousands of protesters on Thursday in a mass outpouring of fury over austerity policies that have plunged ever growing numbers of Greeks into poverty and fear.
“After three years of non-stop taxes and wage cuts it’s got to the point where nothing has been left standing,” she said drawing on a cigarette. “It’s so bad families can no longer afford to even bury their dead. Bodies lie unclaimed at public hospitals so that the local municipality can bury them.”
As Greece was brought to a grinding halt by its second general strike in less than a month, Mendaleni wanted to send a message to the Greek prime minister, Antonis Samaras, and other EU leaders meeting in Brussels……………………………………………….
full article at source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/18/greece-protests-general-strike-austerity
This is what is heading our way .Must we wait until the political puppets in the Dail have given away everything we have before we the people make a stand? If it comes to this these traitors in the current government will not get away with it, they will face the people’s justice! There is no other way we must DEFAULT now! These are not our debts!
- Greece brought to a standstill by despairing protests over austerity (guardian.co.uk)
- Update: Greek PM Asks EU For Full E31.5 Billion Tranche ASAP (forexlive.com)
- Greece must remain in the euro, Merkel says ahead of summit (ekathimerini.com)
- Greeks strike to show cuts’ effects (upi.com)
New From The Slog !
Sources in Berlin and Paris were making it clear last night that, whatever emerges from the Merkel/Samaras meeting in the German capital tomorrow, a deal is already on the table. The task of Antonis Samaras is to prove he is willing to honour that deal – in every sense of the word – not to do the impossible being requested in public by German politicians.
Eleven days ago, The Slog posted that relations between Greece and the Troika had relaxed because, as a high-level Athenian source alleged:
“Something has been agreed, and whatever it is has made the bondholders and the Troika irrelevant overnight. There are half-hearted references to repayment schedules, but they don’t have that sense of panic evident just a few short weeks ago. But you can see that Samaras is now pushing for more austerity progress.”
The piece continued: ‘A deal has been done to pay off bondholders and forgive the residue of the debt…Somebody, somewhere in Europe flicked a switch within the last ten days, and everyone relaxed….Brussels or Berlin…or both…or others…have given Samaras a big reassurance that if he sticks with the [austerity] programme, Greece will not be thrown out of the euro….. full article at source: http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/athensberlin-exclusive-slog-prediction-vindicated-as-leaks-about-special-deal-start-appearing/
“1. Front-loaded aid = cash = available immediately to pay off debt…plus further help from reduced rates. If this isn’t debt forgiveness, then the Pope is a Muslim.”
What about the stupid Irish killing themselves trying to pay off (other peoples debts , like Deutsche Bank and the faceless puppet-masters who are really running our country!)- (Household charge the Irish poll tax).
Well our gombeen government are busy preparing the next round of austerity measures in the coming budget and for what???? a tap on the back “well done Paddy now go and shut up and pay up” is the message coming over loud and clear for the downtrodden Irish public!
Wake up and fight back get up off your knees for God sake!
- ‘Deal has been done to pay off bondholders and forgive residue of debt’ (thepressnet.com)
- Greece doesn’t want more money, says country’s PM Antonis Samaras (independent.co.uk)
- Greeks ‘won’t get new deal on bailout without troika approval’ (independent.ie)
- Samaras: Greece euro exit could spark more (seattlepi.com)
- Samaras: Greece Needs ‘Air to Breathe’ (abcnews.go.com)
- Merkel and Hollande meet ahead of Samaras talks (ekathimerini.com)
I’ve been getting some irate emails from Greek Sloggers of late – especially those who earn a living suplying goods to the Athens Government. Their bitch is simple: while the new Coalition is very happy to suck up to the Troika, monies it owes to its own citizens can go hang. As one correspondent remarked last Thursday, “It’s easy to balance the books if you don’t pay any bills”.
The day before, the Troikanauts came to town with a very clear message: no more backsliding, or no more money. But it all depends on how you define ‘backsliding’. If a Vesuvius of debt just erupted and you’re on the side of the mountain, chances are you’ll backslide. In fact, the reality is, full article at source: