COR Chair , Romayne Phoenix of the Green Party, with new COR president, Tony Benn. A very busy day, meeting colleagues to resist the appalling cuts to services which are devastating to the most vulnerable members of society. That a government made up of millionaires can do this is truly grotesque. NEF's Olivier Vardakoulias , a Greek, and member of Syriza, gave a particularly insightful analysis. Across Europe it's the elite on one side, the people on the other. It's not an economic crisis - it's a political crisis. Welfare provision has been funded by borrowing from future generations instead of a fair contribution from the rich. Powerful interests prevent change.