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Monday, July 6, 2015

Greece Has Chosen to Become a Banana Republic With its No Vote

It was an in-your-face message to the country’s creditors (largely the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund) that Greece won’t be lectured on repaying debts or pension reform anymore. And it leaves the Troika with few options at tomorrow’s emergency summit—either cut Greece loose and accept the consequences, or give in to the country’s demands.

Not much of a choice, given that if the EU caves, it reads like an open invitation to countries like Cyprus, Portugal, Spain and Italy to do exactly what Greece has done. Since when is the Eurozone a transfer union? It cannot be expected to shift funds from high-productivity countries that keep their public finance in order to poorer ones that don’t. There’s a lesson to be learned here, lest the EU blows its chance.


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