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Endspiel um Griechenland

PARIS – Nach monatelangem Tauziehen ist die Kraftprobe zwischen Griechenland und seinen europäischen Geldgebern auf eine ausweglose Situation hinausgelaufen, in der es um Renten und Steuern geht. Griechenland weigert sich, den Forderungen seiner Gläubiger nachzugeben, die Rentenzahlungen zu kürzen und die Mehrwertsteuer auf Arzneimittel und Elektrizität zu erhöhen.

Europas Forderungen – die angeblich gewährleisten sollen, dass Griechenland seine Auslandsschulden bedienen kann – sind launenhaft, naiv und im Grunde selbstzerstörerisch. Die Griechen treiben kein Spiel mit der Ablehnung dieser Forderungen; sie versuchen am Leben zu bleiben.

Was auch immer man von Griechenlands bisheriger Wirtschaftspolitik halten mag, von seiner wettbewerbsunfähigen Wirtschaft, seiner Entscheidung der Eurozone beizutreten oder von den Fehlern, die europäische Banken begangen haben als sie die griechische Regierung mit übermäßigen Krediten ausstatteten: Die wirtschaftliche Not im Land ist groß. Die Arbeitslosigkeit liegt bei 25%. Die Jugendarbeitslosigkeit liegt bei 50%.

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