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Greek bailout referendum

2011-11-17

Queen’s University political studies professor Grant Amyot is available to talk about Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s surprise announcement for a referendum on the European bailout package.

Dr. Amyot (who specializes in European politics, European Union, political economy and economic policy) feels the move is being done to appease Greek voters who are upset at the austerity reforms.

“I think it could be a clever move by George Papandreou domestically to put pressure on the European Union to loosen the conditions. He can say ‘We may lose this referendum unless European leaders lighten up a bit’ with voters. Leaders who have introduced similar austerity measures in Ireland and Portugal have both suffered defeats in recent elections. Even though it may not be financially smart, it’s a politically smart move by Papandreou to shore up his sagging position with Greek voters,” says Dr. Amyot.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officer Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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