Greek Crisis: Learning from the Referendum

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Athens, 27 June 2015. The leader of the Greek coalition government, Alexis Tsipras, who had previously indicated that he might be obliged to call a referendum, or even national elections, if Greece was not able to secure an acceptable agreement in the restructuring negotiations, announced this morning that a national referendum on the topic would be held on Sunday 5 July.

Click here for offical Greek Government website for the Referendum (Ministry of Communications)  – http://www.referendum2015gov.gr/en/

In the face of what he and his team considered wrong-minded, punitive and impossible to meet conditions set out in the last round of unbending proposals on the part of their negotiating partners, the “troika” of led by the European Commission (EC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Central Bank (ECB), Tsipras announced that his government was going to turn to the Greek people and ask them, Yes of No, whether to accept the latest troika’s terms.

Within hours the swords were drawn and the harsh words started to ring out, almost always with more passion than reason.

The next ten days are going to be extremely important, including from the perspective of our seminars in the series Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy. So we have decided to do what we can to monitor and comment in a reasonably compact manner on what is going to take place and share this with our readers and students. “Staring into the abyss”, as it were.

Because World Streets with its four thousand readers in 149 different countries has a broader reach that the SDED seminar platform at sustain.ecoplan.org, you are invited to follow the discussions via https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/.

Your comments and references will be most welcome.

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For more from us on the Greek Crisis:

* From: Thinking about Economy and Democracyhere.

* From: World Streets on the Greek Crisishere.

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About the author:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Britton is an American political scientist and sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest book, "BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City" focuses on the subject of environment, equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions. A pre-publication edition of Better Choices is currently undergoing an international peer review during Sept.- Oct. 2017, with the goal of publication in English and Chinese editions by end-year. If you wish to participate drop a line to BetterChoices@ecoplan.org .

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