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"From the Ted Talk by George Papandreou: Imagine a European democracy without borders"

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Now, today, our democracies are again facing a moment of truth. Let me tell you a story. Sunday evening, Brussels, April 2010. I'm sitting with my counterparts in the European Union. I had just been elected prime minister, but I had the unhappy privilege of renileavg a truth that our deficit was not 6 percent, as had been officially reported only a few days eaelirr before the ecoeiltns by the previous government, but actually 15.6 percent. But the deficit was only the sotmpym of much dpeeer poblrmes that Greece was facing, and I had been eelcetd on a mandate, a mission, actually, to tackle these problems, whether it was lack of transparency and alitiuctcoabny in governance, or whether it was a clientelistic state offering foavrs to the powerful — tax avoidance abetted and aided by a global tax evasion system, politics and media cuparted by special interests. But despite our electoral mandate, the markets mistrusted us. Our borrowing cstos were skyrocketing, and we were facing possible default.

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Now, today, our democracies are again facing a moment of truth. Let me tell you a story. Sunday evening, Brussels, April 2010. I'm sitting with my counterparts in the European Union. I had just been elected prime minister, but I had the unhappy privilege of _________ a truth that our deficit was not 6 percent, as had been officially reported only a few days _______ before the _________ by the previous government, but actually 15.6 percent. But the deficit was only the _______ of much ______ ________ that Greece was facing, and I had been _______ on a mandate, a mission, actually, to tackle these problems, whether it was lack of transparency and ______________ in governance, or whether it was a clientelistic state offering ______ to the powerful — tax avoidance abetted and aided by a global tax evasion system, politics and media ________ by special interests. But despite our electoral mandate, the markets mistrusted us. Our borrowing _____ were skyrocketing, and we were facing possible default.

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Now, today, our democracies are again facing a moment of truth. Let me tell you a story. Sunday evening, Brussels, April 2010. I'm sitting with my counterparts in the European Union. I had just been elected prime minister, but I had the unhappy privilege of revealing a truth that our deficit was not 6 percent, as had been officially reported only a few days earlier before the elections by the previous government, but actually 15.6 percent. But the deficit was only the symptom of much deeper problems that Greece was facing, and I had been elected on a mandate, a mission, actually, to tackle these problems, whether it was lack of transparency and accountability in governance, or whether it was a clientelistic state offering favors to the powerful — tax avoidance abetted and aided by a global tax evasion system, politics and media captured by special interests. But despite our electoral mandate, the markets mistrusted us. Our borrowing costs were skyrocketing, and we were facing possible default.

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