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Avgi - Greece | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

European elections: a referendum on austerity

The current bailout programme for Greece expires in June. However the euro countries want to postpone the discussion on further financial assistance until after the European elections in May, Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem announced after a meeting of Europe's finance ministers on Monday. Voters must use the European elections to voice their disapproval of austerity, the left-leaning daily Avgi writes: "With this statement the head of the Euro Group has taken the wind out of the sails of the government, which has been using the threat of early elections as a means of blackmail. Now the creditors are pushing the government to take care of any unfinished business and do exactly what they want. ... And day in day out, the Samaras government is accepting all their demands. ... In this climate in which our national interests are being plundered, the European and regional elections must become a sort of referendum to put an end to austerity policies, memoranda and the government's destruction of our society."

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