Nicola Sturgeon weighs in on Greek referendum debate

Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, has weighed in on the Greek referendum debate.

Writing in Comment Is Free for the Guardian Nicola Sturgeon has made the case that EU leaders should offer Greece a “credible” plan and end austerity in the country.

She has written about how referendums are “the ultimate expression of democracy” and that the Greek referendum (on whether or not Greece should accept the package proposed by EU leaders) is “being framed as a de facto vote on Greece’s membership of the single currency.” She has also said that a ‘Grexit’ would undermine the credibility of the Eurozone itself.

The Scottish leader has called for a last minute deal, saying that:

“What is needed is an eleventh-hour deal that gives greater priority to the interests of the Greek people, keeps the country in the single currency but also, and crucially, allows it to create the conditions for economic recovery.”

Sturgeon then went on to criticise austerity, echoing her own party’s campaign in this May’s UK general election, and saying that Greece needs “leeway” to increase “productivity and competitiveness", something that would help the economy in the long run.


An intervention from Scotland’s top politician will have little impact in the Greek referendum debate but it does show where Sturgeon stands on the issue: that she values the views of the Greek people in terms of popular votes, the importance to her of referenda in general, as well as clarifying her anti-austerity stance even outside Scotland.

Her words will have little impact in Greece, but show to those advocating for a different sort of deal that another leader is on their side.

Also, interestingly enough, Nicola Sturgeon has highlighted arguments for a different sort of reform as suggested by Professor Mariana Mazzucato. She has also mentioned that the well-renowned economist Joseph Stiglitz has made the case for an alternative arrangement.

As stated previously, Sturgeon’s article will make no impact in the actual result of the referendum, but it adds to debate, serving to highlight that many politicians, as well as economists are arguing for an alternative.

Read Nicola Sturgeon's article in full here.

Which way do you think Greece will vote? Which way would you vote in the referendum?


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