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Naftemporiki - Greece | Monday, June 29, 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."

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