The prevalent feeling in Greece, these days. Where can one turn for hope? No light at the end of the tunnel. Only darkness.
The country is half out of the Eurozone. If it slips out, to the delight of some of the other Eurozone countries, it will be the end of its present advantageous position (painful today but pleasant tomorrow) and the beginning of a National nightmare. If the Greeks can come to a National consensus and display orderly behavior the nightmare can be avoided and life can continue, however unpleasant, currently, but certain to improve in the near, yes, the near future.
No country, ever, has had such a horrendous debt and creditors willing to forego a great part of the country’s dues to them and, in addition, partners willing to assist with a gigantic amount, another historical first, to scale down the debt without hurting too much.
Do the Greeks appreciate their luck? Their politicians and the media carry on as if the world owes it to them and
The two big parties created the debt and the Papandreou government was given good terms to take the necessary austerity measures, but it did nothing, so a second austerity package was agreed with the lenders, but that too was not implemented and so the lenders are now mistrustful of both the Greek politicos and the Greek state mechanism, which has demonstrated its ineptitude. The facts are clear.
What the country needs NOW is a new generation of politicians who can communicate with their Eurozone counterparts on equal terms. This means they will gain their respect and with it their full backing. The present miserable political bunch has lost the respect and good will of the Eurozone politicians who view it as inadequate and unbefitting a Eurozone country, in fact dangerous for Greece and by extension the Eurozone. Hence the terms they are demanding in exchange for the help and their derogatory, humiliating attitude for
If the Greeks are so unsophisticated in their thinking that such clowns can convince them to entrust them with their fortunes then
Speaking of “cost” the Greeks have overestimated this cost. By now the Euro members, articulated as they are, have prepared for a possible departure of
The cards are stacked against
The Eurozone partners are fed up. The people of
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Truly the country’s fate is in the hands of Mr. Papadimos. Will he display the courage to come out and tell the Greeks why this is no time to go to elections and why he must reshuffle his Government to get rid of the dead wood and bring in a few technocrats who know what to do, with no regard to “political cost”? And will the political parties agree to this? Of course the politicos are divided on this issue as well.
No wonder despair is in the air, everywhere, as there is no sign of change in the political spectrum. No sign of a new breed of politicians. Despair because there is not a glimmer of hope, unless unpredictable events bring in radical changes, for better? For worse?