‘OXI’ vote may herald new politics of hope, but it will take more than slogans and posturing to make it work – Opinion

Greek social policy expert, Dr Theo Papadopoulos from our Department of Social & Policy Sciences, has commented on the significance and likely implications of last night’s ‘No’ vote in the Greek referendum on proposed austerity measures.

Dr Theo Papadopoulos comments on the likely impacts of last night’s ‘Oxi’ vote in Greece.

Dr Theo Papadopoulos comments on the likely impacts of last night’s ‘Oxi’ vote in Greece.

Speaking from Belfast, where he is attending this year’s Social Policy Association Conference, Dr Papadopoulos said:

“Last night the Greek voters delivered a resounding OXI (NO) to the austerity-driven deal offered by Greece’s creditors. The No campaign secured 61.3 per cent of the vote and provided the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, with substantial political capital to negotiate a better deal for Greece.

“Today’s resignation of the Greek Minister of Finance, Professor Varoufakis, removed any pretext concerning ‘difficult’ negotiators and paved the way for a new and perhaps the final phase of the Greek debt negotiations that will decide the place of Greece in the Euro architecture.

“This is an historic day not only for Greece but also for Europe and perhaps the world. The role of austerity in the economic governance of Europe stands severely challenged, while the role of democracy in the process of European integration was re-affirmed. In the coming days the European leaders will be faced with historical decisions that will affect millions of lives in Greece and beyond. A new politics of hope may be emerging in Europe but it will take more than slogans and posturing to make it work.”

via ‘OXI’ vote may herald new politics of hope, but it will take more than slogans and posturing to make it work – Opinion.

Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
%d bloggers like this: