European Union, Greece and Britain

This video says about itself:

Manolis Glezos [Syriza, Greece] at EU Parliament – Greece will set the example to all Europe (English subtitles)

21 October 2014

The European Union should turn the fields of Education, Health and Research into immediate priorities, forming in this way its program. Only by setting these priorities, a genuine interest in people can be proven and none can escape this rule.

But, in order to strengthen these areas, we must develop the primary sector first, i.e. the Rural Economy, keeping always in mind that money does not create values – what money does is to exchange and to represent values. Values can only be produced through the work of workers and this is the only way to fight the consequences of the crisis, especially the unemployment.

So, it is necessary to socialise the means of production, to socialise the ownership of money. But for this to happen, people should be the architects of their own fortunes. Very soon the people of Greece will come to power and then our country will set the example to all Europe.

By Eddie Maguire in Scotland:

Greek workers crushed at the heel of the EU

Tuesday 21st April 2015

There are many examples of how EU membership is damaging to the interests of the working class, says EDDIE MAGUIRE

A WEEKEND of action against TTIP has just shown how the EU is pushing for its implementation.

And nothing has served better to clarify the nature of the EU as an exploitative capitalist bloc than the ongoing crisis in Greece.

The EU reform programme followed the 2009 bailout of the Greek banks. The consequences have been catastrophic, with GDP falling by a third, unemployment rising to 27 per cent (for youth it’s over 60 per cent) and a third of people classified as “in poverty.”

Of the €230 billion bailout only €27bn went into the Greek economy, while over €200bn had to go to repay German, French, US and British banks.

In order to generate funds to make these repayments, the EU insisted on guarantees that Greece create a government surplus of 4.5 per cent of GDP in 2015-16.

Methods used had to satisfy the lenders — the European Central Bank (ECB), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and EU Commission.

Awareness of the nature of the EU has spread rapidly among Greeks, who now have a total lack of control over their own economy — with strong opposition to impoverishment, privatisation of state services and the erosion of collective bargaining.

Yet the flaw is that they remain wedded to the EU and its currency, an external institution representing the interests of finance capitalism.

Similar tales of woe can be found in Spain, Portugal and Ireland which should reinforce our determination to abandon the EU.

In the case of Spain we find steady erosion of traditional agricultural and manufacturing industries since it joined the EU in 1986, combined with rising unemployment. Among youth it is now over 50 per cent. Its manufacturing has been decimated.

Patricia McKenna — chair of the Irish People’s Movement which had led the campaign against the EU in the Irish referendum — spoke in Glasgow earlier this year at the AGM of the Scottish Campaign Against Euro-Federalism.

She “found it an irony that the parties supporting independence were also strongly supportive of the EU (which denied economic sovereignty and independence).”

In the face of this, the main parties campaigning in this election here in Britain seem weak and vacillating.

David Cameron’s ploy of advocating a referendum only to demand staying in the club has come unstuck with president of the European Commission Claude Juncker insisting that any treaty negotiations on Britain’s relationship with the EU would be ruled out until two years after the referendum promised by Cameron.

That’s why it will be a privilege to chair the fringe meeting at this year’s STUC that will hear the ideas of Ian Davidson MP, Jane Carolan of Unison and Mick Cash of RMT on these EU issues — and to hear Clydebank Trade Union Council and Kilmarnock and Loudon TUC propose motions on the subject.

Eddie McGuire writes here in a personal capacity. He is a delegate to the STUC, chair of the Scotland & Northern Ireland Region of the Musicians’ Union and chair of the Scottish Campaign Against Euro-Federalism.

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  3. 1) The imminent default and the future of Greece
    Financial oligarchy bewildered by own incapacity to install subservient govt

    by Anti-imperialist Camp

    Berlin: nothing short than full-fletched capitulation
    Syriza not to accept complete surrender
    Syriza’s left wing helped to avoid giving in
    Oligarchy: split Syriza and seize their government?
    Gradual decomposition of an contradictory and impossible electoral mandate
    Default: risk for oligarchy
    Political decision by Euro regime imminent
    Coup by the means of a default shock?
    Anti-oligarchic popular government


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  6. Britain: CIVIL servants’ union PCS will respond to a call for international solidarity from Greece’s left-wing government by organising meetings to raise awareness of the austerity agenda across Europe.

    The union’s annual conference unanimously voted yesterday to affiliate to the Greek Solidarity Campaign and called for “practical solidarity,” including sending delegations to Greece.

    Dundee delegate Craig Lundie said that the Greek people were under siege from the forces of international capital.

    “Greece and (governing party) Syriza need our solidarity,” he said.

    Supporting the motion on behalf of the union’s executive, Sue Bond said that austerity was being implemented “on a different scale” in Greece.

    “Syriza is presenting a real opportunity to change EU policies,” she said.

    The conference also voted to affiliate to the Unite the Resistance campaign.

    A motion calling for affiliation to the Campaign for the Rights and Actions of Irish Communities was remitted for further consultation.


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