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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tsipras really fighting for the privileged

Athens' reforms are not true reforms, and rather than fighting for the weak Tsipras is fighting for employees who have always enjoyed privileges, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera rails: "No one is asking Greece to scrap pensions and social benefits. It's about reforming an unfair system that favours the higher income classes and allows public sector employees to retire at 55. Sadly the sticking point is the following: in Brussels Tspiras und Varoufakis assume the role of champions of social policy. But at home they defend the privileges of certain categories of public sector employees and professions that are organised into trade unions and associations. … The Hellenic social welfare state had enormous deficits long before the crisis. The European Union has good reasons for demanding the reform of the welfare state."

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