Lauri: Greek government looking for vindication for its own mistakes

Maris Lauri (ERR/Martin Dremljuga)
6/30/2015 2:15 PM
Category: Politics

Former Estonian Finance Minister Maris Lauri said the Greek government is looking for excuses and justification for its mistakes by organizing a referendum on bailout conditions. Neither she, nor most of the Greek people, understand why the government is going ahead with the referendum, Lauri said.

In principle, Greece has no need for a referendum, Lauri told ERR radio. She said the government is in stalemate and knows it has failed, but still wants to cling to power.

“If we look at which words were used and the explanations with them, then it is clear that they do not want to admit that they failed to fill pre-election promises and don't see a solution, thus looking for vindication for their failure from voters,” she said.

Lauri added that the referendum question itself is confusing and people lack objective information on which to base their decision.

If Greece votes no, as the government wants, the country will have to survive on its own, she said, “I would define it as such for Greece – it will formally continue as a Eurozone member but internally there will be chaos on the government level. I do not believe people will drop the euro voluntarily,” she added.

Greece will return to the negotiation table in case of a “yes” vote, Lauri said.

According to the BBC, the actual question which will be put to Greek voters on July 5 is:

“Should the plan of agreement be accepted, which was submitted by the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund in the Eurogroup of 25.06.2015 and comprises of two parts, which constitute their unified proposal? The first document is entitled 'Reforms For The Completion Of The Current program And Beyond' and the second 'Preliminary Debt Sustainability Analysis.' Not Accepted/No or Accepted/Yes.”

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