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Greece Pays a Heavy Price as Eurozone Strives to Protect its Reckless Banks

Monday, 13 June 2011 07:20

‘While Germany was locked in an embarrassing public spat with the European Central Bank last week over who should pay the price for a new Greek bailout, fresh evidence was emerging of the impact of the savage cuts Athens has already imposed on its increasingly restive citizens.

The number of people unemployed has shot up by 40% over the past 12 months; the jobless rate now stands above 16%. Among young people it’s a devastating 42%, representing extraordinary human and social cost. Yet the government’s latest plans envisage another four years of slash and burn, taking the deficit from 7.5% of GDP this year to 1% by 2015. It’s extreme fiscal masochism, and it isn’t going to work.’

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