#ThisIsACoup: Greeks Denounce Bailout

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HAVANA TIMES – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is facing protests from members of his own Syriza party after accepting harsh austerity measures in exchange for a new international bailout. In order for the deal to move forward, the Greek Parliament must accept pension cuts and other reforms by Wednesday, 10 days after voters rejected similar reforms in a referendum.

On Monday, Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos accused Germany of staging a coup. We speak to Michalis Spourdalakis, professor of political science at Athens University and a founding member of Syriza.

6 thoughts on “#ThisIsACoup: Greeks Denounce Bailout

  • The predecessors were Pazok a socialist party – just for the record!

  • Weak attempt at deflection. Over the last 6 years the US deficit has been cut in half. Obama inherited the deficit left from Bush and his borrowing to pay for two wars. We Democrats didn’t whine that since Reeps got us into Iraq and Afghanistan, we shouldn’t have to pay the bills. Syriza or not, all Greeks spent the money. All Greeks should man up and be willing to pay it back.

  • Moses, it was not Syriza that borrowed the money. It was their predecessors. It was certainly not the poor, the elderly or the sick. Syriza is in a no-win situation because of what happened before they were in power. btw, how is the US deficit going?

  • If the Greeks don’t want the bail out, then they should reject it and accept the consequences. They will still owe money to their creditors for they chose to borrow it.
    The IMF has many other countries seeking support and has already done all that it can to help Greece.
    Now the calls from supporters of socialism will be to “write off” the debts. In short for the hard working people who lent the money to take the loss rather than those who chose to borrow the money. But then that’s socialism.

  • It’s not a coup, it’s reality hitting. The Greek people can vote to reject every offer made to them if they want. And then what? The Germans, French, Belgians and the rest of the EU states also get to decide what they’re willing to offer Greece. If they Greeks don’t like the offer, they’re free to go their own way and live with the consequences of their choices.

    That’s not a coup, that’s called reality. Deal with it.

  • Would someone explain to me why socialists like those in the Greek Syriza party think that they can borrow then spend other people’s money and then not expect to pay it back. Why should Germans work 60-hour work weeks to finance Greek pensions?

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