CrossTalk: EU Fiasco?

CrossTalk: EU Fiasco?

RT.com Quagmire and fiasco are only two words to describe the condition of the European Union and the eurozone after the democratic choice of the Greek people. In the end the IMF’s crisis-mongering strategy failed and the Brussels leadership completely miscalculated. So-called Western values are lying in tatters. CrossTalking with Joshua Tartakovsky, John Laughland, and Theofanis Exadaktylos....
The Greek Referendum: Democracy and Dignity on the Balance

The Greek Referendum: Democracy and Dignity on the Balance

Telesur 4 July 2015| Joshua Tartakovsky   Tomorrow Greeks will be voting in a referendum on their economic future, in an expression of direct democracy that has been greeted with condescension, ridicule and fear by leaders of the Eurogroup, the European Commission and Germany and which is likely to reverberate throughout Europe. It did not have to be this way. Throughout its negotiations on the economic future of the country and a new memoranda, the Greek government was willing to take immense steps to satisfy the demands of the Institutions. Although the current austerity program provides no genuine economic growth nor an end to the recession, the Greek government continued to negotiate with the Troika and made various concessions in nearly every area, conceding to at least 70% of the demands. It did so due to its belief that it is part of European community and since it opposed the fragmentation of Europe. Most recently, the government agreed make cuts in pensions and raise VAT, although pensions were already sliced several times due to the demands of the Troika. Wages declined by 30% since the first bail-out. Despite the difficult economic conditions, ever since its election six months ago, the Greek government did not once hint at the possibility of leaving the Euro nor did it publicly abandon its deeply-held belief that its economic future is inside the European Union. It did not make public pleas to the BRICS, more specifically to Russia and China, on leaving the EU and forming a new alliance, therefore weakening their position in negotiation with the Troika. For German Chancellor Angela Merkel, however,...
PressTV:  Greece’s bailout referendum

PressTV: Greece’s bailout referendum

Press TV conducts an interview with Roger von Hanwehr, the executive director of ArcXeon International in New York, and Joshua Tartakovsky, an independent researcher from Philadelphia....
Greece is edging closer to decision time

Greece is edging closer to decision time

Counterfire.org February 20, 2015 Greece’s Syriza government must decide whether to surrender to the Troika’s demands or exit the Euro.The Nazi Golden Dawn are waiting in the wings should they fail. Joshua Tartakovsky reports from Athens. Syriza, particularly Finance Minister Yannis Varoufakis and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, has been playing a long game since the election. It has tried hard to please Germany and the Eurogroup while not compromising on its key principle: namely ending austerity which entailed the continued privatization of public assets and cutting of government social programs at a time when a third of the population is in dire poverty. In the meeting held between the Greek and German finance ministers, Varoufakis and Schäuble, the differences between the two positions were crystal clear. Varoufakis was speaking about his deep respect for Germany and the rich historical cultural heritage it provides. At the same time, he warned that just as in German history in the 1930s, difficult economic times and deep recession means that fascism is on the rise in Greece. “When I return home tonight,” said Varoufakis, “I will find a country where the third-largest party is not a neo-nazi party, but a nazi party.” Varoufakis was referring to the Nazi party Golden Dawn that has been growing in popularity, is highly supported by at least 50% of the anti-terrorist police squads, and whose members have called for and carried out the killing of immigrants. The message was clear: precisely since Varoufakis respected Germany’s immense cultural contributions and the fact that it developed a new society following the fascist era, Varoufakis wanted Germans to realize that...
PressTV Debate: Bailout Showdown

PressTV Debate: Bailout Showdown

Press TV February 17, 2015 Greece and Eurozone countries are engaged in a fierce battle to break the deadlock over Athens’ loan program. In this edition of The Debate, Press TV asks Joshua Tartakovsky, an independent researcher from Athens, and Ian Williams, with Foreign Policy in Focus from New York, if Greece will stay an EU member. The full program can be viewed here or divided into the two videos...