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I have no time to translate it, but this paper in Le Monde gives some details:

Les propositions de réforme de la Grèce arrivent à Bruxelles

Le patron de la zone euro, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, a déclaré devant le Parlement européen que « le gouvernement grec [était] très sérieux dans sa volonté de réformes », tout en rappelant qu'« il s'agi[ssai]t juste d'un premier pas » et que la finalisation des réformes « prendra[it] du temps ».


Une source européenne proche des discussions, citée par l'Agence France-Presse (AFP), affirmait toutefois que le gouvernement grec n'aurait pas renoncé aux mesures sociales d'urgence, dans le cadre de la lutte contre la « crise humanitaire », pour aider les plus vulnérables comme :

la fourniture d'électricité gratuite à 300 000 familles dans le besoin ;
l'accès gratuit aux soins médicaux pour les plus défavorisés ;
la distribution de coupons d'aide alimentaire ;
l'aide au transport pour les plus modestes ;
le soutien financier spécifique aux retraités touchant de faibles pensions.

La liste ne mentionnerait cependant pas l'augmentation du salaire minimal - de 580 à 750 euros - prévue par le parti Syriza, mais mal vue à Bruxelles. Toujours selon l'AFP, d'autres mesures retenues pourraient toutefois susciter le débat, comme le blocage des saisies de résidences principales et les mesures incitatives au paiement des arriérés d'impôts et d'emprunts bancaires passant par un effacement d'une partie des sommes dues.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Tue Feb 24th, 2015 at 06:08:45 AM EST
By the way, going off on a tangent with a direct request to Bjinse: what's the view in the Netherlands? We are always dissing Hollande and Renzi as the useless centre-left, but with Dijsselbloem we have a social democrat who is an actual hawk in the arena. So what's the take by the local media and the parties?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Feb 24th, 2015 at 02:43:59 PM EST
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During elections in 2012, the Labour party made a great show to return to their more social-democratic roots and abandon the Third Way. Of course, the moment the right-wing VVD-Labour coalition was formed, this was largely shown to be hollow election rhetoric. Therefore, we're now halfway this scenario:

European Tribune - Dutch Elections: Rather Rutte Than Red

both parties sacrifice their core issues one at the time - sometimes left wins, the other time right wins. Some progress will be made, but Rutte is a tough negotiator and the Netherlands will likely remain stuck in the neoliberal rut if a deal is brokered. The danger for taking this route is that both parties will be decimated in the next elections by an increasingly disgruntled electorate.

It's election time again - this time for the Senate - and both coalition parties, but particularly Labour, are heading for a thorough drubbing.

Still. Both parties embraced austerity measurements from the get-go, which Dijsselbloem strictly executed. Likely, it even helped him to get the post as chairman in the first place, as the Dutch were so keen to follow the German line. In short: no one is surprised in any way Dijsselbloem is behaving as a fiscal hawk. That has been clear since the government formed.

As for national Dutch media ;) there is not too much either. Past Monday, the left-leaning morning newspaper carried a reconstruction how Dijsselbloem forged the deal last Friday: by sidelining Varoufakis, organising a series of bilateral talks, calling straight to Tsipras and bringing Varoufakis in only at the very end. Very little about what this all means economically. The overarching conclusion was: the Greek rebels smashed their teeth on the walls of the European system which prevailed as wont. Most, if not all, papers wrote this weekend about the 'capitulation' of Greece - though this is typical winner takes all journalism rah rah.

I conclude by psychoanalysing media behaviour on complete whim: The Netherlands are a small nation. We're (unconsciously) chuffed with Dutch peeps that landed themselves in Serious chairs. We analyse (mostly) how they perform (because optics), not how they behave according to their ideological colour. Labour is embracing Third Way politics & austerity now for so long, it's taken for granted and no longer even needs mentioning because everyone knows it, and really, we're far too tired to type about it because what's the point and the beer is waiting anyway.

by Bjinse on Tue Feb 24th, 2015 at 04:35:46 PM EST
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