Scholars’ Appeal for Greece – please sign
from Edward Fullbrook
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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.
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