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Greece: Grief at the loss of our sovereignty

Jean-Claude Juncker, chair of the body that regulates eurozone monetary policy, admitted in a recent German interview that Greek sovereignty is now limited to a “massive” degree, said Pantelis Boukalas at Kathimerini.

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Greek leaders are content to be mere figureheads, said Pantelis Boukalas. The real power in Greece is wielded by our new financial overlords, officials from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, who “behave in a manner that is both arrogant and condescending.” Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, chair of the body that regulates eurozone monetary policy, admitted in a recent German interview that Greek sovereignty is now limited to a “massive” degree.

Greeks greeted that declaration with despair. “We feel dominated and at the same time saddened, ashamed, and enraged.” What makes it worse is that “these same feelings are not shared by the majority of our politicians or by those who shape public opinion.” They seem to view our mourning as a sign of “intellectual immaturity.” Well, forgive us if we are not as sophisticated as our leaders, if we can’t happily accept that foreigners are telling us how many hours we should work, what our pensions should be, and how and when and to whom public companies should be sold off. “Maybe we shouldn’t be overcome by a sense of indignation—even though we know that limited sovereignty inevitably leads to limited democracy.”

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