Varoufakis launches political party, MeRA 25 .

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According to Varoufakis the Goal of his new party, MeRA 25 is to release Greece from ‘debt bondage’.

He said the grassroots party would seek to “bring realistic hope” to the debt-ridden country.
He tells us “[Our alliance] will be people of the left and liberalism, greens and feminists.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/26/greece-ex-minister-yanis-varoufakis-launches-political-party

Insisting that successive bailouts – and the brutal austerity cuts attached to them – had been a failed recipe for Greece’s economic recovery, Varoufakis said the country was living as a “debtors’ colony”.
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“Our young people have to learn to live on €400 a month or look to emigrate. We will not repatriate them with debt relief alone as [the creditors] are promising us,” said Varoufakis, who has returned to his teaching post at Athens University. “Once your human capital has left, you are bereft.”

The Greek government’s current narrative of a “clean exit” from bailout supervision – when Athens’ third EU and IMF-sponsored rescue programme ends this summer – would never happen, he claimed.


He further tells us that by resorting to the solution of extending repayment timetables, it had condemned itself to decades of more austerity. In such circumstances, investors and growth had almost zero chance of success.

Whatever else about Yanis, he certainly has presence and the strength of his convictions.

And BTW while I regard austerity as a massive con job, approaching the closest thing any modern Western Government can come to committing an act of genocide against its own people, now that packing folk into cattle trucks and on to the gas chambers, isn't really on, I still believe people should pay legitimate taxes.
 


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According to Varoufakis the Goal of his new party, MeRA 25 is to release Greece from ‘debt bondage’.

He said the grassroots party would seek to “bring realistic hope” to the debt-ridden country.
He tells us “[Our alliance] will be people of the left and liberalism, greens and feminists.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/26/greece-ex-minister-yanis-varoufakis-launches-political-party

Insisting that successive bailouts – and the brutal austerity cuts attached to them – had been a failed recipe for Greece’s economic recovery, Varoufakis said the country was living as a “debtors’ colony”.
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“Our young people have to learn to live on €400 a month or look to emigrate. We will not repatriate them with debt relief alone as [the creditors] are promising us,” said Varoufakis, who has returned to his teaching post at Athens University. “Once your human capital has left, you are bereft.”

The Greek government’s current narrative of a “clean exit” from bailout supervision – when Athens’ third EU and IMF-sponsored rescue programme ends this summer – would never happen, he claimed.

He further tells us that by resorting to the solution of extending repayment timetables, it had condemned itself to decades of more austerity. In such circumstances, investors and growth had almost zero chance of success.

Whatever else about Yanis, he certainly has presence and the strength of his convictions.

And BTW while I regard austerity as a massive con job, approaching the closest thing any modern Western Government can come to committing an act of genocide against its own people, now that packing folk into cattle trucks and on to the gas chambers, isn't really on, I still believe people should pay legitimate taxes.
Possibly the greatest paragraph ever written on P.ie!
 

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Nobody with half a brain cell should believe anything Varoufakis comes out with, he was a disaster as Greek Finance Minister.

Saying that if his new party gains some traction he could take votes off Syriza.
 

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MeRa sounds like Djarryangoz kinda party...
 

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Well he couldn't achieve it when he was Finance Minister.

What would he do differently if he were Prime Minister?
 

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There's a lot of ye, up late, Ladz!petunia
 

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Possibly the greatest paragraph ever written on P.ie!
Did Ireland go through a period of austerity? Eh, yes.

What country has the fastest growing economy, even after multi-national offshore contributions are factored out, in the E.U.? Ireland.

If other countries tackled its problems head on (having democratically run the eejits that caused their issues out of their parliaments and put in a government of practical men and women not given to singing drunkenly and appearing on radio 'congested' (possibly one of the great euphemisms, up there with 'tired and emotional')) and buckled down as a people to the task.... rather than electing amadauns that promised that there was a magic money tree, then they would be in a much better position today.

By-the-by. Anyone want to open a gofundme page for the Boyd-Barrets and Ó Snodaighs of this world to attend MERA-25 rallies? One way tickets only!
 

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There's a lot of ye, up late, Ladz!petunia
With the improved economy a lot of the staff at BB-1984+ have moved on to better paying 'living wage' jobs and only us die-hards are here to keep an eye on you.
:rolleyes:
 

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Did Ireland go through a period of austerity? Eh, yes.

What country has the fastest growing economy, even after multi-national offshore contributions are factored out, in the E.U.? Ireland.

If other countries tackled its problems head on (having democratically run the eejits that caused their issues out of their parliaments and put in a government of practical men and women not given to singing drunkenly and appearing on radio 'congested' (possibly one of the great euphemisms, up there with 'tired and emotional')) and buckled down as a people to the task.... rather than electing amadauns that promised that there was a magic money tree, then they would be in a much better position today.

By-the-by. Anyone want to open a gofundme page for the Boyd-Barrets and Ó Snodaighs of this world to attend MERA-25 rallies? One way tickets only!
Yeah, I told ya, alright, Blueshirt!petunia
 

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So varoufakis wants to repatriate Greece's emigrant youth. They should. For Greece to survive it needs it's young working in Greece and not in Germany etc.

But he has set up a party with people who won't accept that Greece is struggling to bring back Greeks and that resources to do so are limited for two ultimate reasons

First, resources are limited and not limited for these people. They are limited when discussing the depravity of austerity. They are however bountiful when discussing the need to take care of the non Greek contingent. The idea that there is a struggle there on how to allocate resources is not one they can accept. That's far right you see.

Second, the idea that people outside Greece who were born in Greece would be prioritized for return to Greece as a policy of the Greek government is likely to cause a fall out. That's far right politics you see since it leads inevitably to the point of saying spend money on these people they are Greeks.

I wish him well. He is a patriot but his erstwhile allies will not help him much.
 

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Did Ireland go through a period of austerity? Eh, yes.

What country has the fastest growing economy, even after multi-national offshore contributions are factored out, in the E.U.? Ireland.

If other countries tackled its problems head on (having democratically run the eejits that caused their issues out of their parliaments and put in a government of practical men and women not given to singing drunkenly and appearing on radio 'congested' (possibly one of the great euphemisms, up there with 'tired and emotional')) and buckled down as a people to the task.... rather than electing amadauns that promised that there was a magic money tree, then they would be in a much better position today.

By-the-by. Anyone want to open a gofundme page for the Boyd-Barrets and Ó Snodaighs of this world to attend MERA-25 rallies? One way tickets only!
Did even the architect of austerity Mr Juncker call it a mistake?

Yup!
 

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So varoufakis wants to repatriate Greece's emigrant youth. They should. For Greece to survive it needs it's young working in Greece and not in Germany etc.

But he has set up a party with people who won't accept that Greece is struggling to bring back Greeks and that resources to do so are limited for two ultimate reasons

First, resources are limited and not limited for these people. They are limited when discussing the depravity of austerity. They are however bountiful when discussing the need to take care of the non Greek contingent. The idea that there is a struggle there on how to allocate resources is not one they can accept. That's far right you see.

Second, the idea that people outside Greece who were born in Greece would be prioritized for return to Greece as a policy of the Greek government is likely to cause a fall out. That's far right politics you see since it leads inevitably to the point of saying spend money on these people they are Greeks.

I wish him well. He is a patriot but his erstwhile allies will not help him much.
I'm sure young Greeks will return to Greece when Varoufakis has achieved his Socialist utopia:rolleyes:

The man is a waffler who seems to have appealed to a lot of gullible people.
 


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