Thriller in Athens: Justice Minister and European Commission block Troika measures

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November 5, 2012 by pavlospapathanasiou

According to a report posted earlier today in enikos.gr news portal,  Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis (a technocrat proposed by Democratic Left party ) is excepted to veto the new measures’ package through his refusal to put his signature.(1) After last week’s fiasco in the Greek Parliament, when Samaras government failed to pass other Troika-imposed measures, it is quite uncertain- for the time being at least – whether the main package of wages-pensions cuts and labor rights’ reform will pass during the crucial vote on Wednesday evening;(2) even the former Minister and MP of Samaras Nea Dimokratia party, Viron Polydoras is expected to vote against (3)

Furthermore Samaras government received another slap from the European Commission ; answering to a question raised by the Member of European Parliament, Sylvana Rapti , Commission officials stated that the measures’ package concerning the labor rights is against the European legislation.(4)

Wednesday’s parliamentary vote is of crucial significance; according to Finance Minister Stournaras if the package is not adopted, then Greece will “die from asphyxia”  or become “Northern Korea” (5) since this package is a prerequisite for the next loan payment of 31,5 bn euros of the Troika “bailout programme” according to creditors. On the other hand, hundreds of thousands are expected to participate in a 48hours national strike on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th  November, while the Main Opposition Party SYRIZA-EKM leader, Alexis Tsipras stated yesterday that “it is high time that this governement should go”, while he asked for new elections.

Pavlos Papathanasiou

(1)http://www.enikos.gr/politics/94036,8riler:O_Roypakiwths_den_ypografei_ta_me.html Justice Minister Roupakiotis refuses to sign new measures (in Greek)

(2) https://greekhermes.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/samaras-tripartite-governement-fails-to-pass-reforms-from-the-parliament/ Samaras Government fails to pass reforms from the Parliament

(3) http://www.tsantiri.gr/politiki/pios-vouleftis-tis-nd-den-tha-psifisi-ta-metra.html Viron Polydoras of Nea Dimokratia Party is expected to vote against the new measures’ package (in Greek)

(4) http://news247.gr/eidiseis/oikonomia/vomva_komision_asymvivastes_me_thn_nomothesia_ths_ee_oi_protaseis_ths_troika_gia_ta_ergasiaka.1992747.html European Commission is naming the Troika-imposed measures “against the European legislation” (in Greek)

(5) https://greekhermes.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/finance-minister-stournaras-greece-will-become-northern-korea/ Finance Minister Stournaras stressful and scary statement: “Greece will become Northern Korea”

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