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Scholars’ Appeal for Greece – please sign

from Edward Fullbrook

I have been asked to circulate this appeal.  You may sign it by leaving your name and if appropriate your affiliation as a comment to this post.  Please do not comment further on this post as it will make the collection of the signatures more difficult.

Scholars’ Appeal for Greece.

We the undersigned call on the governments of Europe, the European
Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF to respect the decision
of the Greek people to choose a new course and to  engage the new
government of Greece in good faith negotiations to resolve the Greek debt.

The government of Greece is correct to insist on new policies because the
previous policies have failed.  They have not brought economic recovery.
They have not brought financial stability.  They have not brought jobs or
foreign investments. They have stressed and damaged Greek society and
weakened Greek institutions. There is therefore no value in that approach
and no progress to preserve. We urge Greece’s European partners to accept
this reality, without which the new government would never have been
elected.  Greece needs immediate humanitarian measures, a higher minimum wage, new
jobs, new investments, and steps to restore and improve basic services such
as education and health care. It needs a stronger and more progressive tax
system, less dependent on VAT and better able to tax incomes and wealth. It
needs to fight, punish and root out corruption. The new government needs
fiscal space to implement these measures and to demonstrate their worth,
and it needs continuing financial support from the European Central Bank to
stabilize the financial sector meanwhile.  We urge Greece’s European
partners and institutions to provide that fiscal space and that support.

The government of Greece is correct to ask for a write-off of debts owed to
European partners.  These debts are unsustainable and so will not be paid
in any event. There is therefore no economic loss involved, for any other
nation or its taxpayers, in writing them off.  On the contrary, a fresh
start for Greece will help bring new activity, income, jobs and profit to
her partners. We urge Greece’s creditors to seize this chance, and to
explain these facts clearly and candidly to their own peoples.

These issues also engage the future of Europe as a whole.  A policy of
menace, threats, deadlines, obstinacy and blackmail will demonstrate to all
Europeans that the European project will have failed.  It will have failed
morally, politically, and as a matter of economics. We urge Europe’s
leaders to reject and condemn all efforts to coerce the government and
people of Greece.

Conversely, success for Greece can show the path toward renewed prosperity
and stability for Europe, with a new role for democracy and a new openness
to elections that bring constructive change. We stand with Greece and with
Europe, with democracy and with change. We urge Europe’s leaders to
recognize the special basis of Greek decision-making in hard-fought and
decisive democratic choice, and to choose the path of realistic assessment
and reasonable negotiation.


Send enquires to Cedric Durand cedric.durand@ehess.fr.

  1. Anna Zimmerman
    February 2, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Anna Zimmerman, GSM London

  2. Mark H Burton
    February 2, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Visiting Professor. Manchester Metropolitan University.

  3. February 2, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    URU Urban and Regional Research Centre, Utrecht University

  4. February 2, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Henk de Vos
    University of Groningen (Emeritus)

  5. February 2, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I agree with the Appeal for Greece, Paolo Pini, Professor of Economics, University of Ferrara, Italy

  6. Jorge Buzaglo
    February 2, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Jorge Buzaglo

  7. Gerson P. Lima
    February 2, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Gerson P. Lima
    Federal University of Paraná, Brasil. Professor emeritus, retired.

  8. ULGEN
    February 2, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Faruk Ulgen, Grenoble Faculty of Economics, University Grenoble Alpes

  9. Jørgen Lindgaard Pedersen
    February 2, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Jørgen Lindgaard Pedersen
    Associate Professor, Emeritus,, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

  10. anmayhew
    February 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Anne Mayhew, Professor Emerita, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA

  11. February 2, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Garrett Connelly

  12. Tobias Kronenberg
    February 2, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Tobias Kronenberg
    Professor of Economics, Bochum University of Applied Sciences

  13. February 2, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Philip Pilkington

  14. blocke
    February 2, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Robert Locke, Emeritus University of Hawaii

  15. February 2, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Jean De Munck, professor Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium)

  16. Martin Borowiecki
    February 2, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Martin Borowiecki

  17. davetaylor1
    February 2, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    David Taylor

  18. lori
    February 2, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Lori D. Bell, Professor Iowa Wesleyan College, Iowa, U.S.

  19. Geoffrey E. Schneider
    February 2, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Geoffrey E. Schneider, Professor of Economics, Bucknell University, U.S.A.

  20. Alan Kidney
    February 2, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Alan Kidney

  21. February 2, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Alexander Tsoucatos, PhD Adjunct Professor of Economics, Regis University, Denver, USA

  22. Adam
    February 2, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Adam McCarthy

  23. Manuel Angeles, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Mexico
    February 3, 2015 at 12:04 am

    I fully support the Appeal

  24. Adil Mughal
    February 3, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Adil Mughal
    Columbia University

  25. graccibros
    February 3, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Gracci Brothers, Rome, 2nd Century, BC

  26. Helge Nome
    February 3, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Helge Nome, Alberta, Canada

  27. Philippe BANCE
    February 3, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Philippe Bance, University of Rouen, France

  28. hclem
    February 3, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Hélène Clément-Pitiot, CEMI EHESS Paris et Moscou

  29. Isabelle HUAULT
    February 3, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Isabelle Huault, Université Paris Dauphine

  30. Patrick O'SULLIVAN
    February 3, 2015 at 8:29 am

    In total agreement
    Prof Patrick O’SULLIVAN
    Grenoble Ecole de Management and Universitry of Warsaw

  31. Roger Even Bove, PhD.
    February 3, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Roger Even Bove, West Chester University (Retired)

  32. February 3, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Guilherme da Fonseca-Statter
    Retired – Visiting Professor, ISCTE-Lisbon University Institute

  33. Adriano Birolo
    February 3, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Adriano Birolo, University of Padova, Italy

  34. Ton Notermans
    February 3, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Ton Notermans, Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration

  35. February 3, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Gael Giraud, CNRS, Labex REFI

  36. Chris Drake
    February 3, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Chris Drake, Atomi University, Tokyo (Retired)

  37. Karl Betz
    February 3, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Karl Betz, Dr. habil.
    Lecturer, FH Südwestfalen

  38. February 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Jacques Treiner
    SciencesPo, Paris, France

  39. Saadet Iyidoğan
    February 3, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Saadet Iyidogan, Professor
    Galatasaray University, Department of Economics,Istanbul.

  40. Elton Barker
    February 3, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Elton Barker, The Open University, UK

  41. Jeff Z
    February 3, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    J.Jeffrey Zink, Morningside College, USA

  42. Ozgur Gun, Université de Reims, France
    February 3, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Ozgur Gun, Université de Reims, France

    February 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm


  44. Katerina Dimopoulou
    February 3, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Katerina Dimopoulou, Greece

  45. Houshang Ardavan
    February 3, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Houshang Ardavan, University of Cambridge

  46. Mritiunjoy Mohanty
    February 3, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Mritiunjoy Mohanty
    Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
    Kolkata, India

  47. February 4, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Katharina Sass, University of Bergen

  48. alfgunvald
    February 4, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Dr. Alf Gunvald Nilsen, Department of Sociology, University of Bergen

  49. Dmitry Kuvalin
    February 4, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Dmitry Kuvalin, Institute of Economic Forecasting, Moscow, Russia

  50. Gaelle Despierre Corporon
    February 4, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Grenoble Faculty of Economics, University Grenoble Alpes

  51. Katrine Bjerke
    February 4, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Katrine Mellingen Bjerke, University of Bergen

  52. Mary-Ellen Large
    February 4, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Mary-Ellen Large, Lecturer, Psychology, University of Hull

  53. February 5, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Dr. V. Anantha Nageswaran, Geoeconomics Fellow, Takshashila Institution

  54. Arietta Papaconstantinou
    February 5, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Arietta Papaconstantinou, University of Reading

  55. blocke
    February 5, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I signed this appeal because I knew that the austerity program cooked up in Brussels and Berlin was theoretically incorrect from the point of view of economics (that point Varoufakis made clear years ago and has been made often on this blog) because the austerity program was a conservative political project that was designed to use European institutions to ram a conservative policy that favored the top 1% down the throats of the poorer Europeans who had nothing to do with making the debits and did not benefit from the massively borrowed money, and because austerity expressed a financialization process that emerged out of the US and British financial-educational institutions that was destroying the hope to establish democratic social economies in Europe. A lot is at stake if we let the minions of financialization have their way; champion the Greek heros.

  56. Willem G. Wolters
    February 5, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Willem G. Wolters
    Emeritus Professor of Economic Anthropology, Nijmegen University, The Netherlands

  57. Stavros Kassinos, University of Cyprus
    February 6, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Stavros Kassinos, University of Cyprus

  58. February 6, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Eleanor Ommani, Hunter College Alumni, NY, NY USA

  59. February 6, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Petros Koumoutsakos
    Chair of Computational Science
    ETH Zurich

  60. giuseppe tattara
    February 7, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Giuseppe Tattara, prof. economics, University of Venice, Cà Foscari, Venezia, Italia

  61. Manos Papadakis
    February 9, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Manos Papadakis, University of Southampton, UK

  62. February 9, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Scott Baker, Adjunct professor, Henry George School, NYC, USA

  63. John Grahl
    February 9, 2015 at 11:52 am

    John Grahl, Middlesex University, UK

  64. Bessel Sybesma
    February 10, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Bessel Sybesma, Project consultant, Brussels Belgium

  65. February 10, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Suzanne Vanden Schrieck D.O. Belgium

  66. Fred Louckx, Free University of Brussels ( VUB )
    February 10, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Fred Louckx, Free University of Brussels ( VUB )

  67. February 10, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Herman De Ley, Emeritus Professor, Ghent University, Belgium

  68. February 10, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Karim Zahidi, Dept of Philosophy, University of Antwerp

  69. February 10, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Francine Mestrum – Global Social Justice – Brussels

  70. Ides Nicaise
    February 10, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Ides Nicaise, KU Leuven (Belgium)

  71. Romain Van Aelst
    February 11, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Romain Van Aelst – IT service desk agent – Oostende, Belgium

  72. Carl Van Gestel
    February 11, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Carl Van Gestel, Antwerp-Belgium

  73. Els
    February 11, 2015 at 8:30 am

    E. De Vos, University of Antwerp

  74. Marianne Eelen
    February 11, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Marianne Eelen, Belgium

  75. February 11, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    In full support of this. And on my way to Athens for guest lectures next week. Jan Blommaert, professor of Language, Culture and Globalization, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

  76. yvonne buma
    February 11, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    support greece

  77. yvonne buma
    February 11, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    yvonne buma
    Hogeschool Utrecht, NL

  78. February 11, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    C-Rene Dominique, Canada.

  79. February 11, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Alejandro Nadal
    Centre for Economic Studies
    El Colegio de México

  80. Christian Kesteloot
    February 11, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Christian Kesteloot (KU Leuven, Belgium)

  81. February 11, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Dimokritos Kavadias (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)

  82. Gertjan van Zwieten
    February 12, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Gertjan van Zwieten (TU Eindhoven, Netherlands)

  83. victor de haes
    February 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Victor de Haes belgium

  84. Rush Rehm
    February 12, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Rush Rehm
    Professor, Theater and Performance Studies, and Classics
    Stanford University
    Artistic Director, Stanford Repertory Theater

  85. Sinapi
    February 16, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Sinapi C, Associate Professor, Burgundy School of Business

  86. Victoria Chick
    February 16, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Victoria Chick, University College London

  87. Pat Devine, University of Manchester
    February 16, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Please add my name.

  88. Gail Greer
    February 16, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Gail Greer, Canada

  89. Francisco Javier Braña Pino
    February 16, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Francisco-Javier Braña. Full professor of Applied Economics, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. I full support the appeal.

  90. February 17, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Dr. Ioannis Glinavos, University of Westminster

  91. February 18, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Peter Schulte-Stracke, Gera, Germany

  92. ianseda
    February 18, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Ian J. Seda-Irizarry, John Jay College

  93. Claudio FM
    February 18, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Claudio Fernandez Macor, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina.

  94. Luis Brunstein
    February 18, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Assistant Professor
    Hiram College
    Hiram, OH 44324

  95. Yun K. Kim
    February 18, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Yun K. Kim
    University of Massachusetts Boston, US

  96. David M. Kotz
    February 18, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    David M. Kotz
    Economics Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  97. Anita Dancs
    February 18, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Anita Dancs
    Economics Department, Western New England University

  98. Nina Eichacker
    February 19, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Nina Eichacker
    Economics Department, Bentley University

  99. February 19, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Michael D. Yates, University of Pittsburgh, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  100. Mary King
    February 19, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Mary C. King, Professor Emerita
    Economics Department,
    Portland State University

  101. Constantinos Vgenopoulos
    February 19, 2015 at 7:57 am

    my full support

  102. February 19, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Alberto Russo
    Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona (Italy)

  103. Simon Mohun
    February 19, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Simon Mohun, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, Queen Mary University of London

  104. February 20, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Margunn Bjørnholt
    Policy and Social Research, Norway

  105. Brigitte Young, Prof. (em) of International Political Economy, University of Muenster, Germany
    February 20, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    20.February 2015

  106. marjorie griffin cohen
    February 20, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

  107. Cecilia Ann Winters
    February 20, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Cecilia Ann Winters
    Economics Professor Emerita
    Manhattanville College Purchase NY USA

  108. February 20, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Benjamin Balak, Associate Professor of Economics, Rollins College, Florida, USA

  109. Dr Judith Mehta
    February 20, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Dr Judith Mehta

  110. Seth Wigderson
    February 21, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Seth Wigderson
    Professor of History
    University of Maine at Augusta

  111. Lisa Marsh
    February 21, 2015 at 3:21 am
  112. Julie Matthaei
    February 21, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Julie Matthaei, Professor of Economics, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

  113. February 21, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Omar S. Dahi, associate professor of economics, Hampshire College, USA

  114. John Miller
    February 21, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    John Miller, Professor of Economics, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, USA

  115. David Schweickart
    February 21, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    David Schweickart, Department of Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago

  116. Ted Schmidt
    February 21, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Ted Schmidt, associate professor SUNY Buffalo State

  117. Thomas Michl
    February 21, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Thomas Michl, Professor of Economics, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, USA

  118. February 21, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Jonathan Nitzan, Political Science, York University

  119. February 21, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    The anti-austerity struggle in Greece is so important, positive and necessary for the Greek people but also for people all over the world. Peter Bohmer, faculty in Political Economy, The Evergreen State College

  120. Vijay Naidu
    February 21, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Supporting the petition -this is the democratic way!

  121. Tamar Diana Wilson
    February 21, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Tamar Diana Wilson, UMSL

  122. David Barkin
    February 22, 2015 at 12:20 am

    DIstinguished Professor
    Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco Campus

  123. February 22, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Mayo Toruño
    Professor of Economics
    California State University San Bernardino

  124. Kathy
    February 22, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Kathleen McAfee, International Political Economy, San Francisco State University

  125. Paul Hancock
    February 22, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Paul Hancock
    Professor of Economics Emeritus
    Green Mountain College
    Poultney, Vermont

  126. Barbara Hopkins
    February 22, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Barbara E. Hopkins, Associate Professor of Economics, Wright State University

  127. Curtis Skinner
    February 22, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Curtis Skinner, Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University

  128. February 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Thomas E. Weisskopf
    Professor Emeritus of Economics
    University of Michigan

  129. Nancy Rose
    February 22, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Nancy Rose, Professor Emerita, Economics, California State University, San Bernardino

  130. Eleftheria Mavridou
    February 23, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I fully agree with this statement!!!

  131. Marty Wolfson
    February 24, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Martin H. Wolfson
    Professor of Economics Emeritus
    University of Notre Dame

  132. Andrew Cornford
    February 25, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Dr Andrew Cornford

  133. Blanc
    March 12, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Dr Jérôme Blanc, Université Lyon 2

  134. Liesbeth Cavé, philosopher
    June 29, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I agree with this petition

  135. June 29, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Further to the appeal, endorsed by me on 2nd February, it seems

    “A policy of menace, threats, deadlines, obstinacy and blackmail HAS demonstrateD to all
    Europeans that the European project HAS failed. It HAS failed morally, politically, and as a matter of economics”.

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