Why the holding of the Greek referendum was not a political mistake

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I have lately been struck by several comments of diverse political observers, from law professors to economists, who considered the holding of the Greek referendum, seeking whether Greek citizens accepted or not further austerity measures put forward by the European Institutions, to have been a political mistake. If such a view might seem justified at first glance, it is however in reality simplistic and therefore incorrect, discrediting inadequately the Greek government on this precise point. The aim of this very short and modest blog post is to rectify an incorrect affirmation in the context of the Greek referendum which was held on July 12th. Some readers might ask themselves about the accuracy or relevance of such a comment right now, but I consider it to be important, no matter how one might evaluate the overall work of the Greek government over the last nearly 8 months, not to fall into an oversimplified view of what has to be considered as a very difficult and complex situation.
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Quand les institutions européennes tuent la démocratie, elles tuent l’Europe!

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Les institutions européennes, dont notamment la Commission, la BCE et l’Eurogroupe dirigent l’Europe dans le mur. Il faut être profondément choqué face à l’arrogance et face au sentiment de supériorité qui guide ces dernières à l’égard à la crise et du peuple grec. C’est le parachèvement d’une technocratie complètement déconnectée des citoyens qui trouve sa cause dans un manque de démocratie flagrant de certaines institutions, notamment de la Commission, mais aussi à travers le FMI et la BCE qui ont un poids considérable dans les discussions au sujet de la Grèce alors qu’elles ne portent qu’un poids négligeable de la dette grecque (32 milliards pour le FMI et 20 milliards pour la BCE) par rapport aux pays membres de la zone euro (193 milliards d’euros).

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