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Bankruptcy will not be a catastrophe, SYRIZA says

16 August 2012 / 18:08:25 GRReporter

New Democracy defined as scandalous the statement of SYRIZA’s parliamentary spokesman Panagiotis Lafazanis that the bankruptcy would not be catastrophic for Greece. Lafazanis is one of the oldest and senior members of the opposition radical left and an outspoken supporter of the return of the drachma. He said in an interview for Alpha radio, "Bankruptcy is not necessarily catastrophic. This is the weapon of the weak when they reach the point of being unable to pay their obligations. We should not describe it as the Bogeyman."

New Democracy has immediately responded in an official statement that Lafazanis should be ashamed to incite the country and the people to failure. "SYRIZA’s parliamentary spokesman Panagiotis Lafazanis has proved with his statements of today that he hopes the country would go bankrupt. A few weeks ago, he calmly required the exit of Greece from the euro area and the European Union. Neither the people nor the government will do him this favour. Such statements are shameful," the statement of the government reads.

Meanwhile, rumours of a new debt haircut are getting more persistent outside Greece. According to Reuters, the European Central Bank is considering the option of a new restructuring that would reduce the debt by another 100 billion approximately and its level would reach 100% of GDP. Furthermore, Greece is preparing to request another two years delay of the current financial assistance programme after the release of the September report by the supervisory Troika of the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission. There is no official announcement of such intentions yet, but according to local economists, the external debt remains unmanageable despite its cuts through the PSI + procedure.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Minister of Defence Dimitris Avramopoulos are expected to visit Germany next week. Conservative voices there continue to insist that Greece has no right to ask for more favours. The head of this "choir" is the Minister of Economics Philipp Roesler, who is adamant that the Greeks cannot expect any delay not to speak of third support package without the strict implementation of the reforms planned in the second memorandum.

Omdat dat vermaledijde Reuters - komkommertijd nieuwsbron? - hier weer genoemd wordt, geef ik hieronder nog even het visitekaartje van deze in 1851 opgerichte organisatie.


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Reuters werd op 9 juli 1851 in Londen opgericht door de Joodse immigrant Paul Julius Reuter, afkomstig uit Duitsland, zoon van de beroemde rabbijn Reuter van Kassel. Hij verzorgde financiële berichtgeving voor beurzen en beleggers in Parijs, Brussel en Aken. Later verzorgde hij ook niet-economisch nieuws en opende hij kantoren in andere Europese landen en de Verenigde Staten.

In 1925 nam het nationale Britse persbureau een meerderheidsbelang in Reuters. In de Tweede Wereldoorlog kwam de neutraliteit van het persbureau daardoor onder druk te staan. Daarom werd het bureau in 1941 tot een zelfstandig bedrijf omgevormd.

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SYRIZA MP Dimitris Stratoulis suggested that Greece should stop repaying its debt and demand it be restructured.
A new row has broken out between New Democracy and SYRIZA after the conservatives accused the leftists of favoring Greece’s bankruptcy and exit from the eurozone.

In a sign that political tension is building up again after a brief summer lull, New Democracy seized on comments by SYRIZA MP Dimitris Stratoulis in which he suggested that Greece should stop repaying its debt and demand it be restructured.

“Based on United Nations regulations, international experience and what has been proved in other countries based on international law, Greece can get out of this miserable, catastrophic situation,” he told Flash Radio on Friday.

“The country can be declared to be in a state of fiscal emergency so it can choose between its people’s survival or continuing to pay its huge debt, which under no circumstances can be deemed sustainable.”

Stratoulis went on to repeat SYRIZA’s position that although the party favors Greece remaining in the euro, the well-being of Greeks must come above any concerns about remaining in the single currency.

“We have stated very clearly that the currency is not an obsession for us, for us the obsession is the survival of the Greek people and the country’s economic recovery,” he said.

The conservatives, who had attacked similar statements by SYRIZA MPs earlier in the week, seized on Stratoulis’s comments as a sign that the leftist party is not committed to keeping Greece in the euro.

“This is the third SYRIZA MP in 48 hours that is asking for the country’s bankruptcy and a return to the drachma,” said ND in a statement. “There has been absolutely no reaction from Mr [Alexis] Tsipras. It is clear that the country’s bankruptcy and a return to the drachma is now the official position of SYRIZA.”

SYRIZA sources told Kathimerini that the leftist party expects there to be increased tension with the conservatives over the next few weeks. SYRIZA believes that it will be targeted by ND as part of a tactic to pave the way for new spending cuts.

ekathimerini.com , Saturday August 18, 2012 (16:43)

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