Juliania has been paying attention to events in the Hellenistic Republic, bless her heart, and although the Snap Election isn’t until Sept. 20, I thought I’d put up a shell that we can add to at will. Opinions abound, of course, concerning the split of Syriza and the resignation of Alexis Tsipras. Yanis Varoufakis has been (ahem) rather outspoken lately, as have many others. I’ve pasted in some of her comments and links she’d dropped into the current Open Menu, and a few interviews and such.
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juliania2 | August 22, 2015 at 8:47 pm
Thanks wendye. Here’s an update that’ll at least apprise us of some of the names of players – short enough I hope it’s okay to give the entire piece:
“Greek Parliament President Zoi Konstantopoulou met with Panayiotis Lafazanis, leader of the newly-formed political party Popular Unity, on August 22 in her office. The two politicians had a conversation in front of the reporters waiting outside the office, where Konstantopoulou expressed her opinion that the government decided to resign surreptitiously, without informing the Parliament.
She also spoke negatively about the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who chose to side with the Greek Prime Minister and not reveal the latter’s plan. Konstantopoulou added the country’s lenders are blackmailing the country, while they appear to have been informed about the government’s intentions before the Greek Parliament.
Panagiotis Lafazanis stated that the purpose of his visit was to inform the president about the formation of the new parliamentary group. The Popular Unity leader also added that the government’s practices have turned the constitution into scrap of paper.
After the meeting, Konstantopoulou did not announce if she would be moving in the same direction as Lafazanis. However, both politicians spoke against Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his decision to close the Greek Parliament, but also against Pavlopoulos, noting that he failed to comply with the official procedures.
Greek Government about Parliament President: “She behaves like a dictator – It was a wrong choice.”
“The Greek Parliament President is behaving like a dictator, she thinks that she is the institutional center of the Greek government, but she was simply a wrong choice.”
With these words the SYRIZA-led Greek government has signed its definitive rupture with Greek Parliament President Zoi Konstantopoulou. This is a first for Greece since no government has ever spoken publically against the parliament president, who is proposed by the prime minister personally.” (the link)
juliania2 | August 22, 2015 at 8:49 pm
“…scrap of paper”? Didn’t somebody else say something similar a short while back?
juliania2 | August 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm
And if more names needed, plus a good reprise of the envisioned plan of action, this from radicalsocialist.in: ‘Popular Unity IS Born’
juliania2 | August 25, 2015 at 12:06 pm
As you say, wendye, as you say – it will be really interesting. Here’s a bit of analysis that seems to cover a lot of bases, not too long either: “The End of Syriza as We Know It’ from the Greek Reporter
juliania2 | August 26, 2015 at 9:16 am
The Greek Reporter says Zoi is about to form her own party. Ho, I guess Yanis could do that too. They might just squeeze everybody else out , do you think?
Yesterday I went to Yanis’ site and read his speech to the French folk out in the field in the rain – he describes his ‘plan of action’ in this interview at the Aussie ABC: ’ Yanis Varoufakis pushes for pan-European network to fight austerity’, Thursday 27 August 2015
I’m puzzled by Singer’s final comment – “. . .almost certainly guilty of treason. . .” played it back several times and I don’t know if it’s a joke or a nasty stab, not being cognizant of Aussie humor – if it is that, it’s wry indeed. Haven’t looked at Yves yet, but from what Yanis is saying here he’s got a long road ahead, and hard to call that treason unless treason against the presently constituted EU. (Not a long interview and it comes at the beginning of the link.)
From his interview on Alpha on August 26:
Tsipras: “A Grexit would cause an unspeakable catastrophe”, Thursday, August 27th, 2015
“The Conversation asked nine leading academics what their questions were for a man who describes himself as an “accidental economist”. His answers reveal regrets about his own approach during a dramatic 2015, a withering assessment of France’s power in Europe, fears for the future of Syriza, a view that Syriza is now finished, and doubts over how effective Jeremy Corbyn could be as leader of Britain’s Labour party.”
First female prime minister for Greece announced; Vassiliki Thanou, president of the country’s supreme court, will head the caretaker government until the elections, expected next month (interim PM of the Caretaker government, technically, but still…)
Via TRNN (the transcript): ‘What Would Happen to the Eurozone if Greece Leaves?’; Economist Gerard Dumenil argues the Eurozone will face minimal impact and its leaders are already preparing for a possible Grexit – August 27, 2015
‘Members of Syriza’s Central Committee Defecting to Popular Unity’
‘What About the Greek Communist Party? What explains the Greek Communist Party’s stance toward Syriza and the euro crisis?’ by Giorgos Charalambous
(Giorgos Charalambous teaches political science at the University of Cyprus and is senior research consultant at Peace Research Institute Oslo – Cyprus Centre.)
Also from TRNN (the transcript) ‘Dimitri Lascaris also discusses the significance of bailout critic’; Vassiliki Thanou serving as the first female Prime Minister in the interim Greek government – August 28, 2015 Dimitri Lascaris also discusses the significance of bailout critic Vassiliki Thanou to serve as the first female Prime Minister in the interim Greek government.
Yves Smith continues to explain how difficult a Grexit would be: ‘More on Why Bank IT and Payment Systems Matter’, August 28, 2015 by Yves Smith (at least three years until a system could be up and running)
August 26, tsipras