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Interview in SPUTNIK on the conflict between Greece and FYROM (5/2/2018)

These are the short and the long versions of my recent interview in SPUTNIK radion on the conflict between Greece and FYROM and the recent nationalist demonstrations in Greece.

The transcript of the interview follows.

 

 

 

 

Interview in SPUTNIK radio (5/2/2018) on the conflict

 between Greece and FYROM

 

The conflict over the contemporary Macedonian issue is a double-sided one.

Macedonia is a geographical area with a long history of population changes.

Its current shape was formed with the collapse of the Ottoman empire and the partition of the Macedonian area by the vanquishing countries in the Balkan wars. During that period (early 20th century) the Macedonian area was inhabited by many nationalities (Greeks, Slavs, Bulgarians, Albanians etc.), some of them with national identities and others without. The subsequent partition of Macedonia among different national states resulted in population changes and homogenization (willingly and unwillingly) that separated – to a great extent – its inhabiting nationalities.

The contemporary Macedonian issue – that is the conflict between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) – is a product of the post-war era.

In Yugoslavia Tito produced a Macedonian identity for the Slavo-Macedonians in order to confront previous attempts by Bulgaria to incorporate the Slavic populations of the Southern Balkans. After the demise of Yugoslavia the Slavo-Macedonian elite created an artificial Macedonian identity for the new independent state in order to bolster its dominance in it and to stave off the threat of a growing Albanian population. In order to create this artificial Macedonian identity (instead of a Slavo-Macedonian one), FYROM’s elite used names and symbols of the ancient Greek Macedonian kingdom (that covered only a part of the geographical area of contemporary Macedonia) and also exhibited nationalist and expansionary tendencies towards its neighbours (and particularly Greece).

The Greek bourgeoisie, on the other hand, preached that the Macedonia is only Greek (thus implicitly eying the whole Macedonian area). Behind this nationalist talk the Greek capital expanded vigorously in FYROM exploiting the latter’s weaker economy.

However, on top of the petty-nationalist conflicts between the Balkan bourgeoisies lay the big Western imperialist powers with the US and the EU in the forefront. The US have the upper hand in this game. Their policy, beginning with the war and the disintegration of Yugoslavia, is to fragment the Balkans in order to control it and, in passim, to push away any existing of supposed Russian influence.

Thus, the US wants to get FYROM into NATO and possibly into the EU (as it has done with Montenegro). Indicatively, one of the bigger US military bases is on the border between Kosovo and FYROM. FYROM’s integration into NATO and EU is blocked because Greece vetoes.

For this reason, the US has engineered the change of government in FYROM and is currently pressing the Greek SYRIZA government to make a deal on the issue of the name with FYROM. The SYRIZA government is a weak one, discredited both in the Left and in the Right. Particularly since its unconditional capitulation to the EU (on the issue of the Economic Adjustment Programme for Greece which imposes austerity and misery in the country), SYRIZA is a US obedient servant in order to get US support and survive politically.

On the other hand, the Right wing – despite its deep links with the US and the EU – plays the nationalist card in order to weaken SYRIZA and take its place in government. Then it will conclude a deal according to its Western masters’ directives.

A particularly dangerous element in this affair is the influence exerted by neo-Nazi parties and groups that are very active in the recent demonstrations.

The people of the Balkans (Greeks, Slavs, Bulgarians, Albanians etc.) have nothing to gain by nationalist conflicts and by falling into the hands of NATO, the US and the EU. These have brought only pain, tears and blood in the Balkans.

The only solution serving peoples’ interests is on that preserves the peace and the stability of borders in the Balkan area. This requires the repudiation of all nationalist and expansionist aspirations. In the case of the Greece – FYROM conflict this implies a geographically determined name for the latter. But the basic element for such a solution is to take part outside the war-mongering ‘prison’ of NATO and the EU.

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Comment on SYRIZA’s new law implementing troika’s demands – PressTV News 16-1-2018

This is the video of a short comment in PressTV News (16-1-2018) on SYRIZA’s new multi-article law implementing troika’s demands and imposing furter austerity measures on the Greek people.

A short interview in Sputnik radio on Cyprus, 14/7/2017

A short interview in Sputnik radio on the Cyprus energy dispute and the collapse of the Cran Mondana talks, 14/7/2017

 

 

Παρέμβαση στη εκπομπή Θέσεις της Egnatia TV, 2-6-2017

Ακολουθεί το video της παρέμβασης μου στη εκπομπή Θέσεις της Egnatia TV στις 2-6-2017. Θέμα της συζήτησης με τον Χ.Καφτεράνη η οικονομική κατάσταση, το μνημονιακό πρόγραμμα αλλά και οι πολιτικές εξελίξεις.

 

 

Στ Μαυρουδέας Η Πολιτική Οικονομία της ΕΕ συνέντευξη στο Corfu TV, 27-4-2017

Σταύρος Μαυρουδέας – Συνέντευξη στο Corfu TV στις 27-4-2017 με αφορμή την εκδήλωση στον Όμιλο Μελέτης Επαναστατικής Θεωρίας «Η Πολιτική Οικονομία της ΕΕ: Μια Ιμπεριαλιστική Ολοκλήρωση σε Υπαρξιακή Κρίση» (Κέρκυρα 28/04/2017)

Ακολουθούν οι σύνδεσμοι της συνέντευξης

 

 

Comment in Press TV News in Brief program on the conclusion of the 2nd review of the Greek Adjustment Program and its inability to solve the Greek crisis

The video of my comment in Press TV’s News in Brief program on the conclusion of the 2nd review of the Greek Adjustment Program and its inability to solve the Greek crisis.

The transcript of the comment is the following:

 

Comment in Press TV News in Brief program on the conclusion of the 2nd review of the Greek Adjustment Program and its inability to solve the Greek crisis

2-5-2017

 

The technical agreement (SLA) between the troika of Greece’s lenders (IMF-EU-ECB) – because a political agreement has to follow as well – is a sham. The whole bunch of declarations by the the IMF and the EU and the SYRIZA government are pretentious and not telling the truth. The Greek economy is in shambles. It is in a terrible condition with recession reigning for the seventh consecutive year. The Adjustment Program imposed upon the country by the EU and the IMF has aggravated this situation. Each review of this program and the additional austerity measures that are being taken within this program in order to bring it back in its own tracks aggravate further the recession of the Greek economy and the poverty of the great majority of the Greek people. In these conditions a dirty game is being played between the major partners of these agreements. The EU wants to impose these agreements upon Greece but it requires the tacit agreement of the IMF (that is by the US). The US, on the other hand, fear that they throw a lot of money in the desperate Greek case and also the new Trump administration has taken a more tough line towards the EU. This was the reason for which the negotiations for this second review took too long. That is the IMF created problems. The junior partner of this deal, that is the Greek government of SYRIZA, has capitulated completely. It gives whatever the foreign lenders require so long as the new austerity measures required are not to be applied during this and the next year. But to be applied by 2019, that is after the expiration of the SYRIZA government. This means that the new government would bear the costs and the burden of the new austerity measures. In total the new agreement does not solve the Greek crisis but it aggravates it as it puts another 3.5 to 4 bn euros austerity cuts upon a very weak economy. So, the problems lay ahead.

 

Το βίντεο της Ημερίδας της ΠΕΝΕΝ

Το βίντεο της Ημερίδας της ΠΕΝΕΝ με θέμα «Το θεσμικό πλαίσιο της ποντοπόρου Ναυτιλίας, η σχέση του εφοπλισμού με την χώρα, η συμβολή του στην οικονομία, τα προβλήματα του Ναυτεργατικού κόσμου και η εναλλακτική ριζοσπαστική επιλογή», Σάββατο 4/3/2017