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The EU Should Clean Up Its Own Backyard

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On June, 17 thousands of Greek citizens protested against the international creditors who push Greek government to impose austerity measures. The troika of lenders – the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Commission – rejected the proposals made by Greece, and from the other side, Greece did not accept troika’s proposals. This crisis can lead to a scenario where Greece will be forced to exit the eurozone and the EU.

People, who held the demonstration in the Greek capital, Athens, believe the EU failed them. They also brought banners accusing the EU of being “blackmailers.” Meanwhile, the US insists that Europe must help Ukraine, which is on the brink of default.

It seems the EU does not have a clear plan how to solve the problems on its own territory, so why do they show so much concern to Ukraine? Should not they first clean their own backyard? This situation could turn into disaster for the EU itself. Even Greek people do not get any appropriate assistance, so what Ukrainians hope for? How Europeans will meet millions of impoverished Ukrainians, when they knock on the door with an outstretched hand? To be precise, they have knocked already. Now it is a matter of priority, the Greeks or Ukrainians. To save both is impossible, but each of the two can bring the EU to the bottom.

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