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It's the summer holidays, when parliaments make the most of people being otherwise occupied to pass unpopular laws; Greece is no exception. The third plan to bleed the Greeks dry, negotiated with the country’s creditors, was adopted by the Greek parliament on Friday morning.
In the midst of this complex situation, as Alexis Tsipras’s government undertakes policies diametrically opposed to the promises that won him the January elections and the referendum on 5th July 2015, there is confusion and despair amongst the people and political tensions within Syriza are running high. Any discordant voices raised to oppose the new memorandum are swept aside.
The preliminary report presented on 18 June by the Commission for the Truth about Greek Public Debt provides a solid basis from which to carry through the necessary U-turn. The video of Eric Toussaint’s talk at the presentation received so much attention that it has now been subtitled in Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian, with German, Polish, Serbo-Croat and Slovenian versions in preparation.
In the coming months and years, Greek debt will remain a central issue among European preoccupations. Eric Toussaint’s introductory speech and the work of the Commission will remain topical. The struggle to bring justice to the Greek people, through the recognition of illegitimate debt, is far from over and the Commission’s work will go on, with or without institutional support.
The colony of Porto Rico is also being subjected – like Greece— to maximum pressure from its creditors to repay its public debt at any cost and to apply austerity measures.