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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Greece: The "Thessaloniki Programme"; Taxation Plans and "The Treasure Hunt"; "Greece Needs To Grow Up" - Varoufakis

CNBC; Varoufakis interview "Greece needs to grow up"

BBC Business News: SYRIZA Dumps Marx for Blair, Robert Peston

"What happened to the government's socialism? Well it is in a postscript to the reforms headed "humanitarian crisis" - in which it promises "targeted non-pecuniary measures", such as food stamps, to tackle poverty. But even here it pledges "no negative fiscal effect". That said, Greece's plutocracy still has some reason to be afraid, because Mr Varoufakis says he is determined to reduce legal tax avoidance and illegal tax evasion, and to ruthlessly stamp out endemic corruption".

Varoufakis talks to Charlie Hebdo (Reuters)

Comment on Alpha

The "Language Question", 2015?

Ilias Makris Cartoon

Some searching analysis and comments from Reform Watch Greece

Global Research, Coverage and English Translation of Costas Lapavitsas' Blog Questions

"It is difficult to see how this agreement will be be conducive to reaching the ‘Thessaloniki’ commitment, which involves cancelling most of the debt and the immediate replacement of the memoranda with a National Reconstruction Plan"

Varoufakis, Listen to MP3 Papanikolaou interview, in Greek : Q. A New Memorandum? A. We're saying things with their correct name. Q. We are afraid of the words, but the substance is the same. What's the difference from the previous Troika? A. Four months moratorium. Q. FPA? ENFIA? Renaming and re-baptisms only? Talking to the European Commission or the same three institutions (Troika)?
A. There is no longer a Memorandum, or a Troika.Q. And the question of Debt? The Thessaloniki Agreement? The issue of First Homes? A. The Thessaloniki programme is a 4 year programme. The 100 installments will continue Q. On  promises to clamp down on Tax evasion, we've heard it many times before from different governments. And the question of promises of untaxable income up to 12,000 Euros, when will that be introduced? A. It depends on the economic situation and the outcome of negotiations. Q. And the opposition of Manolis Glezos? (NB the interview needs more accurate and complete translation)

Tensions Within SYRIZA, kathimerini

From Mignatiou

Greece will not go ahead with electricity privatisation: Lafazanis (Reuters)

It's legal, says Varoufakis

Mats Persson, Open Europe


Κωδικοποιημένα σημεία του προγράμματος της Θεσσαλονίκης που είχε παρουσιάσει τον Σεπτέμβριο ο Αλέξης Τσίπρας και περιλαμβάνονται στη λίστα των μεταρρυθμίσεων, η οποία απεστάλη στους θεσμικούς εταίρους, παρουσιάζει η κυβέρνηση με ανεπίσημο σημείωμά της.

Στο εκτενές σημείωμα επισημαίνονται το κεφάλαιο για την αντιμετώπιση της ανθρωπιστικής κρίσης, δημοσιονομικές και διαρθρωτικές πολιτικές, η επανεκκίνηση της οικονομίας, το θέμα των λεγόμενων «κόκκινων δανείων», οι δημόσιες δαπάνες, το πρόβλημα της διαφθοράς κ.α.

New taxation plans in the Varoufakis Reforms List

Cracking down on tax evasion, 'hunting for treasure', Varoufakis, CNBC video

The Greek List (in Greek)

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