An­other blow to the poor

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The an­nounce­ments made by Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras re­gard­ing the so-called “new wel­fare state” yes­ter­day do not make up for the losses that have been suf­fered by cit­i­zens on the lower end of the pen­sion scale fol­low­ing the com­plete or par­tial cut of the spe­cial EKAS ben­e­fit – 380,000 re­tirees on low pen­sions are cur­rently de­pen­dent on this sup­ple­men­tary al­lowance, which will grad­u­ally be phased out by 2019. Even more so, his an­nounce­ments at a meet­ing of the govern­ment’s Coun­cil of So­cial Pol­icy bear no re­sem­blance to any­thing that the leader of SYRIZA promised be­fore both the elec­tion, par­tic­u­larly through the party’s in­fa­mous Thes­sa­loniki eco­nomic pro­gram. Right now, the left­ist party ap­pears to be grad­u­ally wak­ing up to re­al­ity. But the fact that it is do­ing so with such a great de­lay, is com­ing at a hefty cost for the coun­try and for the peo­ple.

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