John Pilger: The problem of Greece is not only a tragedy. It is a lie

“For six months Tsipras and the recently discarded finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, shuttled between Athens and Brussels, Berlin and the other centres of European money power. Instead of social justice for Greece, they achieved a new indebtedness, a deeper impoverishment that would merely replace a systemic rottenness based on the theft of tax revenue by the Greek super-wealthy—in accordance with European ‘neo-liberal’ values—and cheap, highly profitable loans from those now seeking Greece’s scalp. […]

For a small country such as Greece, the euro is a colonial currency: a tether to a capitalist ideology so extreme that even the Pope pronounces it ‘intolerable’ and ‘the dung of the devil’. The euro is to Greece what the US dollar is to remote territories in the Pacific, whose poverty and servility is guaranteed by their dependency.


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