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  •  Happy Thanksgiving, allenjo (5+ / 0-)

    and I love the idea of what your family is doing in Greece for Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving, international style!  

    I often think of your son and his family in Greece and I'm so glad that you relay that first person perspective to us, from him.  I just hope, so strongly, that they find some way to work this out in a way that does not cause too much suffering but also does not compromise too much of their freedom and identity.  I know it won't be easy.  

    I have not been keeping up on the situation in Europe enough but I did see something in an excerpt about how the idea of European citizenship is being considered.  I remember when all of this was considered during the early days of the EU.  I wonder how it will all turn out.  

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 08:06:12 AM PST

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    •  I'm so glad your son is home from college (3+ / 0-)
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      joe shikspack, joanneleon, aliasalias

      to celebrate Thanksgiving with you, joanne and wish you a happy time with all your family together again.

      I spoke with a Greek-American friend last night whose family lives in Athens, who all work for the government but presently are not being paid. Luckily for them they are all quite well off and can ride it out, not the situtation for too many others there.

      Greece seems to have taken forever to finally come to an agreement on the troika's demand with its coalition government. But now that after all these months of delay, no money is forthcoming to fill its empty purse.

      I think I have mentioned that my son says many there fear a revolution, and if that happens I fear martial law. A worst case scenario that I do not like to dwell on. No one is expecting good news, he said, it is widely accepted that things in Greece will get a whole lot worse, before they start to get better.

      Juncker, prime minister of Luxembourg, emerged from the 12-hour long euro meeting expressing disappointment that a solution to prop up the 17-nation bloc's weakest member had still not been found. Acknowledging that the sustainability of Greek government debt remained the stumbling block, he commended "the considerable efforts made by the Greek authorities and citizens to reach this stage".

      The praise did little to allay fury among Greece's political elite. Throughout the day politicians, including Samaras's two junior partners, reacted with anger to the news that the cash injection, delayed since June, had once again been put on hold.

      With the country's coffers practically dried up and its real economy mired in a recession not seen since the second world war – mostly as a result of austerity measures mandated by international creditors – the deadlock was widely viewed as deeply humiliating for a government that has sought so strenuously to meet foreign lenders' demands in the five months since it assumed power.

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

      by allenjo on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 09:41:57 AM PST

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