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Re: <nettime> Fwd: the European manifesto of Varoufakis and Piketty
patrice on Sun, 13 Sep 2015 18:19:58 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> Fwd: the European manifesto of Varoufakis and Piketty


I am still in Greece (Athenes) where I was with Lorenzo at a very 
interesting and enjoyable INURA conference and retreat [1]. Yet, in the 
circles I am with, Yanis Varoufakis 'enjoys' more than mixed feelings: 
forceful rejection, which is due to the dramatic misfiring of his 
'flamboyant' negotiation strategy (though I did appreciate it allright).

But of course there is much disaray about the baffling, difficult to 
explain (if at all), volte-face of Alexis Tsipras and his governement. 
The gamble of a snap election is now likely to backfire even badly as 
the snap referendum (remember, next to everybody, esp with Syriza, was 
expecting a very tight win for either option, not a landslide for 
'Oxi'). It would now appear that Vangelis Meimarakis, Nea Demokratia's 
('center right') 'accidental' leader, is poised to win the September 20 
elections.

A day, not a week, is a long time in Greek politics ...

So, are we back to square one? I am afraid it's much worse: endgame for 
Greece, economically and politically speaking (is there anything else?), 
and endgame for the European Union as we know it. In this view, 
Melanchon's, Varoufakis' cs. bid for a pan-European movement is merely 
an 'escape velocity' show - and I am sorry to add: Melanchon is a 
buffoon.

A friend of mine has as sig "progress means that bad things happen 
faster". Nowadays in Europe, we're surely making 'very good progress'

Cheers all the same, p+2D!


[1]  https://inura15.wordpress.com/
      http://www.inura.org/v2/


On 2015-09-12 21:07, Lorenzo Tripodi wrote:

> Sorry, I wanted to reply but I???ve got distracted by the kid and
> somehow an empty mail was sent by my computer:-)
> 
> Anyway :
 <...>


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