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No to austerity! Yes to democracy!

No to austerity! Yes to democracy!

Brussels 30/06/2015

A crucial moment in the European Union's history

Statement by GUE/NGL President, Gabi Zimmer

As president of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament, I call on the political leaders of the EU to use this momentum and to act at this historical moment for our Union.

It is today that our heads of state need to take their responsibilities.

This is not the time for ideological battles or making threats of destabilisation through our common currency.

We have to give the Greek people the time to freely decide about the mandate in the on-going negotiation process by extending the current programme for a short period of time.

Next Monday and independently of the outcome of the referendum, negotiations should go on with the inclusion of a debt relief plan accompanied by a genuine growth package.

Not acting now means a violation of our fundamental European values and taking an irresponsible risk with severe consequences for the whole of the European Union.

Therefore, a viable staff-level agreement has to be reached now and a clear commitment for the restructuring or re-profiling of the debt has to be expressed.



GUE/NGL Press Contact:

Gay Kavanagh +32 473 84 23 20



Eurogroup tramples on democracy once again

We call on EU leaders to assume political responsibility for the future of the EU and to convene an extraordinary summit within the next few hours.

"If EU leaders are serious about democracy and solidarity, they must extend the deadline ending tomorrow so that the Greek people can vote freely and autonomously on the last official proposal by the creditors dated 25 June 2015.

"On the one hand, the creditors have been trying for months to impose unacceptable conditions on the Greek government. On the other hand, now that the talks have stopped, they say they were willing to make further concessions. That is hypocritical and will further damage public confidence in the EU and its institutions."


GUE/NGL Press Contact:

Gay Kavanagh +32 473 84 23 20

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