The question on the ballot paper for the Greek referendum is quite funny.
“Must the agreement plan submitted by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund to the Eurogroup of 25 June, 2015, and comprised of two parts which make up their joint proposal, be accepted? The first document is titled Reforms for the completion of the current programme and beyond” and the second “Preliminary debt sustainability analysis”. Voters must check one of two boxes – “not approved/no” or, below it, “approved/yes”
(this is an English translation provided by the BBC)
It is not even the wordiness of the text that is the most striking. What is most striking is that it explicitly mentions two of the creditors’ deals. Deals which are pretty much no longer on the table. On the 30th of June Tsipras, in a very desperate move, offered the creditors a slightly modified version of the deal which he had previously rejected. The very same deal that is being mentioned on the ballot paper. That deal was rejected by the creditors, therefore it is a stretch to assume that the original deal is still on the table.
Everybody knows that what’s at stake is Eurozone membership, a broader question on ties with the European Union, and probably most importantly – a vote of confidence on the Syriza government. Yet none of this is explicitly stated which means that we are likely to still be faced with a lot of uncertainty regarding these issues, regardless of the outcome.