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Greek Conservative Leader Sworn In As PM

New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras (file photo)New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras (file photo)
New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras (file photo)
New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras (file photo)
The leader of Greece's conservative New Democracy party, Antonis Samaras, has been sworn in as the country's new prime minister.

Samaras will lead a new government tasked with implementing austerity reforms and guiding the country out of its debt crisis.

Samaras, the fourth prime minister Greece has had in eight months, told reporters after the swearing-in ceremony, "we will do everything we can to take the country out of the crisis."

New Democracy -- which won the most votes in the June 17  parliamentary elections but not enough to govern alone -- has held three days of talks on forming a coalition with the socialist PASOK and the Democratic Left party.

The make-up of the new government is expected to be announced later on June 20.

All three parties say they broadly support Greece's multibillion-euro loan agreements with the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

But PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos indicated the coalition would still attempt to renegotiate some of the terms of the EU bailout package Greece has received.

"New Democracy, PASOK, and Democratic Left have taken on the burden of responsibility to renegotiate the bailout agreement and [the job] of exiting Greece from the crisis," Venizelos said.

EU countries have generally welcomed the results of Greece's parliamentary elections, seeing the victory of the New Democracy party as a sign the country would stay in the eurozone.

The formation of a government was in itself a hopeful sign for many of the country's creditors.

But for many Greeks the future is far from certain, as unemployment remains over 20 percent and among young people it is hovering around 50 percent.

Parties like the ultraleftist Syriza, which supports a drastic change in the terms of the EU bailout package for Greece, did well in the elections, showing there is still strong support among many Greeks for opposing what many in the country see as EU-imposed austerity conditions.

Germany is seen as holding the purse strings for Greece's bailout package and Chancellor Angela Merkel on June 20 invited new Prime Minister Samaras to Berlin for talks.

With reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters
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by: wavettore from: USA
June 20, 2012 17:13
Communism and more recently even Capitalism have both failed because of the cancer of corruption.

In a new and long lasting form of government, Trust can no longer be one of its components. All efforts should be made to form a new type of government with new mechanisms that will not require the element of Trust or the promise of a politician to guarantee that the will of the majority will always be reflected in the laws of that government. This will be a system that could improve in time the already existing possibility of such government today structured through the use of the Internet.

A new form of Democratic government is

Commutalism is a new concept of Democracy without politicians which is organized through the Internet to balance the needs of the Individual with the Respect for Equality.

Commutalism is structured to provide the necessary goods for the survival of everyone and introduces at the same time a new transparent form of Capitalism to trade all those goods which are not necessary, like in a market open to the competition of all superfluous goods

For the sake of transparency, this new type of Capitalism would rule that each single transaction must be reported on the Net to become visible by anyone (just like an invoice made public) and taxable at the origin with a fix percentage for everyone.

In such system, all private properties and their owners like also all money transactions and trades of private property must be publicly reported on the Net. This is to prevent unlawful transactions and root out corruption through the immediate confiscation of those goods that have not been reported.

Moreover, to reduce Greed and restore the financial equilibrium worldwide it will be enough to eliminate the concept of inheritance. The private property of the people will return to the State after the death of each person to be auctioned among all citizens. People could spend as much as they want to educate their children but inheritance and donations would not be allowed.

Once the survival is guaranteed for everybody there will be no need to be tolerant with crime as we are today when the crime is a consequence of our corrupted system.

In Commutalism, the right to own must be protected and guaranteed also for those who want to work and trade their own Time (which is their Life) to obtain more than just the basic necessities provided by the system. Those people who will have contributed to the functioning of the social mechanism and worked to have more than what is guaranteed will also be able to obtain superfluous goods. These goods could be placed in a State auction (as if they were the Treasure bonds of a Country) for an open bidding reserved among those who can dispose of means of exchange gained through work.
Once the goods become privatized they could be exchanged among the citizens in a free market.

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