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  2. The predicament of Athens is our problem

    Sunday 27 May 2012

    You present an interesting contrast between the Greek Communist Party (KKE) and the left group Syriza (No quick fix in Athens, M Star May 25).

    KKE appears to seek a solution within Greece whereas Syriza sees it as a microcosm of Europe’s problem generally.

    The left here was slow to support Greece, confused by the Tory press description of the country’s problems as being down to their spend now, pay later habits.

    We recognise such slanders when they are applied to us, but fall for it when other workers are so accused. Now the media want to deflect our attention away from Europe, to Greece alone, it is a financial “basket case” they tell us.

    In fact Greece’s problems are Europe’s problems.

    The European Community was set up to provide the stronger economies such as Germany’s with a flotilla of weaker countries supplying cheap labour, food and holiday sunshine.

    These weaker economies would also buy weapons and absorb loans. Greece’s orders for German submarines are believed to be the price Greece had to pay for its “bailout” and the recipients of the “aid” will be British banks.

    We need to recognise that these “bailouts” are to Greece’s suppliers and to Greece’s lenders. It isn’t the weakest link which has broken, it is the EC system which has broken the weakest link.

    I hope that in a future article, the crisis in Europe and its effect on Greece can be explored more comprehensively.

    Joe Clark
    Old Tupton

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/119489

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    • Thanks Jalal. I had to choose a bit between making the translation good poetic English, and making the poem’s meaning clear; I tended towards the second.

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