An­nan warns on democ­racy

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For­mer United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Kofi An­nan is­sued a dire warn­ing over the fu­ture of democ­racy in a speech yes­ter­day on the open­ing day of the an­nual Athens Democ­racy Fo­rum, or­ga­nized by The New York Times and Kathimerini. An­nan re­ferred to the un­bri­dled forces of glob­al­iza­tion that di­vide so­ci­eties into win­ners and losers on an un­prece­dented scale.

The for­mer UN chief said taxes for the mid­dle class are ris­ing while in­comes re­main stag­nant, adding that eco­nomic in­equal­ity breeds po­lit­i­cal in­equal­ity.

He also re­ferred to the in­abil­ity of the SYRIZA govern­ment to stop aus­ter­ity de­spite the demo­cratic man­date it re­ceived.

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