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Stasinou, Natasa

Naftemporiki, Greece

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Naftemporiki - Greece | 29/06/2015

Unclear referendum just pseudo democracy

Alexis Tsipras has described the decision of the parliament in Athens to hold a referendum next Sunday on the troika's austerity demands as an important step for his country's democracy. The conservative business paper Naftemporiki has its doubts: "The prime minister has chosen the path of a referendum as the supreme democratic process that is to bring a solution for the country in this critical moment. But will it really fulfil this purpose? … The vote on an agreement that has not yet been concluded and which entails dozens of tax measures and other complicated issues, the details of which we don't know and can't understand can't be formulated in one clear question. … To enable the citizens to assume responsibility, the government - and above all the rest of the political world - should explain responsibly and honestly what the consequences of a Yes or No vote will be."

Naftemporiki - Greece | 05/06/2015

Spaniards losing their homes despite recovery

According to Spain's National Statistics Institute, the Spanish economy grew by 0.9 percent over the previous quarter QOQ in the first quarter of 2015. The conservative daily Naftemporiki believes the figures are obscuring the sad reality: "Unemployment lies at 24 percent (and over 50 percent among the young), while jobholders' average income is around 20 percent lower than in 2008. That makes it increasingly difficult for the Spaniards to repay their loans and mortgages. Last year almost 35,000 homes were foreclosed on, meaning roughly 95 families lose the roof over their heads every day. And according to the Spanish Central Bank the repayment of public debt between 2012 and 2014 meant that the net budget savings were practically zero."

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