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Europas Anschlag auf die griechische Demokratie

NEW YORK – Das zunehmende Crescendo erbitterten Gezänks innerhalb Europas könnte Außenstehenden als das unvermeidliche Resultat der bitteren Endphase der Verhandlungen zwischen Griechenland und seinen Gläubigern erscheinen. In Wahrheit lassen die europäischen Führungen endlich die wahre Beschaffenheit des laufenden Schuldenstreits erkennen, und die Antwort ist nicht angenehm: Viel mehr als um Geld und Wirtschaft geht es um Macht und Demokratie.

Natürlich war die Wirtschaftsstrategie, die dem Griechenland von der „Troika“ (Europäischer Kommission, EZB und Internationalem Währungsfonds) auferlegten Programm zugrundelag, eine Katastrophe; sie führte zu einem 25%igen Rückgang der Wirtschaftsleistung des Landes. Mir fällt kein Fall ein, in dem eine Depression jemals derart vorsätzlich herbeigeführt wurde und derart katastrophale Folgen hatte: Die Jugendarbeitslosigkeit in Griechenland etwa liegt inzwischen bei über 60%.

Es ist alarmierend, dass die Troika sich weigert, irgendeine Verantwortung hierfür zu übernehmen oder zuzugeben, wie falsch ihre Prognosen oder Modelle lagen. Noch überraschender freilich ist, dass Europas Regierungen aus all dem noch nicht einmal etwas gelernt haben. Die Troika verlangt selbst heute noch, dass Griechenland bis 2018 einen primären Haushaltsüberschuss (Überschuss vor Zinszahlungen) von 3,5% vom BIP erreichen müsse.

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