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L'Europe contre la démocratie grecque

NEW YORK – La dispute et l'acrimonie qui vont croissantes au sein de l'Europe pourraient passer aux yeux d'un observateur extérieur pour le résultat inévitable de la fin de partie peu amène entre la Grèce et ses créanciers. Les dirigeants européens finissent par exposer au grand jour la véritable nature du conflit autour de la dette grecque, et cela n'a rien de plaisant : il s'agit bien plus une question de pouvoir et de démocratie que d'argent et d'économie.

Le programme économique que la troïka (la Commission européenne, la Banque centrale européenne et le FMI) a imposé à la Grèce il y a cinq ans était une aberration. Il a conduit à une baisse de 25% du PIB du pays. Je ne connais aucune dépression qui ait été provoquée aussi délibérément et ait eu des conséquences aussi catastrophiques. Ainsi le taux de chômage parmi les jeunes Grecs dépasse maintenant 60%.

Il est incroyable que la troïka nie toute responsabilité et refuse d'admettre à quel point ses prévisions et ses modèles étaient erronés. Mais il est encore plus surprenant que les dirigeants européens n'aient retenu aucun enseignement de tout cela. La troïka continue à exiger de la Grèce qu'elle parvienne à un budget primaire en excédent (hors paiement des intérêts de la dette) de 3,5% du PIB en 2018.

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