George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life

Al Jazeera on #Cyprus

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Yesterday I took part in Al Jazeera’s The Stream, where we talked about Cyprus. Video conferencing failed me, so I participated via phone. I talked twice. The first question was about who I thought is mostly to blame for the situation in Cyprus. I argued that the Eurozone Ministers of Finance are mostly to blame for making Cyprus a guinea pig case and for destroying one of the two productive sectors of Cyprus overnight. I said that the three days ultimatum that Cyprus was given is nothing short of an extortion and that the ‘deposits haircut’ is actually a confiscation of already taxed money. Of course, I mentioned that the bankers and the Cypriot governments are also to blame but I stressed that it was the mishandling of Cyprus during the Eurogroup meeting that destroyed the financial sector.

The second question was whether it is fair for the German tax payer to pay for Cyprus. I responded saying that the German tax payer is actually not paying for Cyprus, hinting that Germany is going to make profit out of it. I also said that the money leaving Cyprus will go to other European countries. Moreover, I mentioned that Merkel is benefitting politically from Cyprus since she uses it as part of her election campaign. Cyprus is sacrificed so that Merkel can demonstrate to the German people how strong she is and how determined she is to protect them from paying for other people’s mistakes (as the misconception goes).

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George Iordanou

I'm mostly interested in politics and philosophy, which makes up for the majority of this blog. As this is an archive of what I have written over the years, it also provides a glimpse into my personal life. I'm currently working in the humanitarian sector. In my past life I was in academia where I completed a Ph.D. in political theory with focus on multicultural citizenship. I'm one of the few people lucky enough to be given the opportunity to actually practice their research interests. Needless to say, whatever I write here is strictly my personal opinion and does not represent anyone else.

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