The Greek government’s decision to
close ERT has been criticised in various activist channels as anti-democratic or even
irrational. Yet these activists and opponents of the ERT decision are held together only by thin strands and, in truth, represent heterogenous and conflicting interests and agendas.
On Tuesday, the Greek government announced the immediate closure of their public broadcaster, ERT. This simple piece of news from Greece came as a shock to the world. Yet this event is symptomatic of the relatonship between media and politics in today's world.
It is time that we realised where the real danger in Europe lies, and that there is a candidate to help us fight back against this gathering danger. But to do this we must begin to recognise how both are misrepresented for our consumption. A reply to Etienne Balibar.
In 2011, at a time of financial crisis and in opposition to impending austerity measures, Greeks of all ages came together to occupy Athens' central square and inspire a resurgent form of political protest across the world. Two years on, where are the occupiers now?
This second of two essays on military spending and the
EU crisis, explores
the role of the European arms trade, corruption and the role of arms exporting
countries in fuelling a debt crisis, and why these 'odious' debts need to be
written off. See Part One here.
The extraordinary bounce-back of the banks
reveals the most disturbing, but least obvious, largely invisible, feature of
the unfinished European crisis: the transformation of democratic taxation
states into post-democratic banking states.
different is Greece? The beginning of wisdom about the current Greek crisis is
to recognize that it is fundamentally political, and that it has been long in
the making. Greece’s failure is the outcome of a long process during which
populism prevailed over liberalism and became hegemonic in society.
simple truth unpalatable to Eurozone authorities is that small peripheral EU economies
and even big economies like Spain and Italy, are victims, not designers of the
liberalised financial architecture that was built way back in 1992, repeating earlier
twentieth century failed experiments that led to financial
crisis, immiseration and war.
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