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A British Man Has Started A Crowdfunding Campaign To Pay Off Greece's Debts

“I was fed up with politicians posturing and decided that perhaps the people of Europe could help the people of Greece,” the man said.

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Thom Feeney, originally from York, told BuzzFeed News he started the campaign out of exasperation with the political process, saying, "I was fed up with politicians posturing and decided that perhaps the people of Europe could help the people of Greece."

Like any good crowdfunding campaign, there's a wide range of benefits available to people who back the scheme.

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It's not entirely clear that Feeney has the authority or ability to promise millions of postcards featuring Alexis Tsipras to backers. Despite this, he's confident that if his scheme successfully raises the 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) required to pay off Greece's debts, then the local government will be so thankful they will ensure all the commitments are met.

"I have not yet discussed it with the Greek prime minister," he said, "however, I am quietly confident that he would be ecstatic to see his face being posted all over Europe."

With Greece's economy on the edge of collapse and a referendum on further austerity measures due on Sunday, this might be as good a route as any for the cash-strapped country.

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Despite the light-hearted nature of the gifts and the fact he's only received pledges of 44,241 euros ($49,476) so far, Feeney insists he's trying to make a serious political point and raise enough money.

"I’d like to think that the Greek people would be happy with the response from their European cousins," he added.

More than 1.6 million euros has now been pledged to the campaign.

Writing in the Guardian, Feeney said on Wednesday that a number of Greek people have messaged him to say how happy they are to hear that people around Europe care about them.

“This crowdfunding is a reaction to the bullying of the Greek people by European politicians, but it could easily be about British politicians bullying the people of the north of England, Scotland and Wales,” he said.

“I want the people of Europe to realise that there is another option to austerity, despite what David Cameron and Angela Merkel tell you.”

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Jim Waterson at jim.waterson@buzzfeed.com.

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