GREEK CRISIS – START: Learning from the Referendum on Economic Restructuring


Athens, 27 June 2015. The leader of the Greek coalition government, Alexis Tsipras, who had previously indicated that he might be obliged to call a referendum or even national elections if Greece was not able to secure an acceptable agreement in the restructuring negotiations, announced this morning that a national referendum on the topic would be held on Sunday 5 July.

In the face of what he and his team considered wrong-minded, punitive and impossible to meet conditions set out in the last round of unbending proposals on the part of their negotiating partners, the “troika” of led by the European Commission (EC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Central Bank (ECB), Tsipras announced that his government was going to turn to the Greek people and ask them, Yes of No, whether to accept the latest troika’s terms

Click here for offical Greek Government website for the Referendum (Ministry of Communications)  –

Within hours the swords were drawn and the harsh voices started to ring out, all too often with more passion than reason. Because these are often very emotional discussions and thematters invovled are so very important, to Greece, to Europe and to the orld, we shall try hard in these coming weeks to follow and report selectively all sides of the debate and propositions.

sded logo4 ecoplan orangeThe next ten days, and their immediate aftermath, are going to be extremely important, including from the perspective of our seminars in the series Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy. So we have decided to do what we can to monitor and comment in a reasonably compact manner on what is going to take place and share this with our readers and students. “Staring into the abyss”, as it were.

Readers will find extensive materials and references on these troubled matters in this section of our Battles of Ideas.

Your comments and references will be most welcome.

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For more from us on the Greek Crisis:

* From: Thinking about Economy and Democracyhere.

* From: SDED  – here.

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
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Bio: Educated as an international development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities | See Britton online at and @ericbritton

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