Greece has its problems, and there is no easy way out of its current troubles, but what is clear is that austerity alone, nor resistance to Europe alone, can hope to solve their current dilemma. It is the hope of the EGP and the Greens in the European Parliament that we will be able to do what we can to see the best situation possible emerge from this situation.
What we need to do is to stop the blame game within the European Union, to stop focusing on numbers and statistics and to start paying visits to poverty-hit areas throughout our Union, to stop adding more austerity measures and come up with a plan that can revitalise our common vision. The road ahead is not paved with roses, but hey, did anyone say we Greens in Greece or elsewhere are made for the easy?
The European Union must decide whether to sabotage itself and go back to the bad old days of all against all, or to relaunch the project of a federal union. The first requirement would be a European democratic government accountable to parliament, endowed with a budget adequate to its ambitions, and thus in a position to emit Eurobonds. The whole European project is today at risk, strangled by all-market ideology, the selfishness of national governments, and the illusion that trust can be regained by pulling down the social state and putting up borders again.
Today Greece is facing the impact of an enormous economic, social and political crisis, which also affects all areas of Thessaloniki. Which measures must be taken in order for Thessaloniki to raise again to a citizen-friendly, open and green livable and lovable city?
Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 18:00 to Friday, June 29, 2012 - 21:00
Organised by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung and the Green Institue, Greece, this conference is meant to exchange experiences and ideas from European cities, and to help Thessaloniki become a cosmopolitan green city.
The Greek Greens of the Ecologist Green Party, who missed out on entering into the Parliament by a mere .03% in the last election, are preparing to return to the campaign trail. Nick Chrysogelos MEP had this to say about the failure to form a government: "While the country is in deep crisis and is threatened with total collapse, we head back to the polls without even having the parties discuss and agree on immediate measures of relief and support for all those who today are in a condition of desperation, nor on what could be the composition of a government program for after the election."